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Instructions for speakers

These instructions aim to be a detailed guide to giving a successful talk at metauni. First you should follow the normal instructions to install and setup Roblox and spatial voice. Then you should check the hardware page for tablet and microphone recommendations. Some notes:

Joining the event

The organiser should provide you with the URL of the Roblox world for your talk. If not, you should be able to find by looking for a “Join now” link on the schedule on the metauni homepage.

  1. We recommend joining the event five minutes early, since Roblox may need to upgrade and you should check that spatial voice is working.
  2. Make your way to the in-world location of your talk.
  3. Locate the Orb and Attach as Speaker: stand close enough to the proximity prompts to appear then hold F for a few seconds or click/tap on the popup. You should hear a sound and see some new GUI elements at the top of your screen.
  4. Please wait for the session organiser to confirm that the recording is working, and invite you to begin your talk.
  5. Use the navigation controls (W, A, S, D on a keyboard, tap and drag near the bottom left of an iPad) to keep your player near the board you are writing on. This is how the Orb knows what board you are writing on.
  6. When you want to move to a new board, simply move your player to the new board, stop running, and then wait a few moments for the orb (and the view of players using OrbCam) to join you at the new board. In the interim catch your breath - if you speak, audiences listening through the orb may be unable to hear you until it gets back within hearing range.

If you feel uncomfortable managing the Orb, please ask the session organiser if they can take care of it for you.


If you are giving a board talk we recommend running Roblox on an iPad with Pencil (or equivalent tablet and stylus) with any of the following audio-visual setups:

  1. Headphones with in-built microphone plugged into the 3.5mm jack.
  2. Headphones with in-built microphone plugged into the Lightning plug.

We’ve had speakers successfully give talks with both setups, but perhaps among them (1) is optimal because it allows you to plug your iPad into a power outlet if the battery gets low during your talk. On that note:


Currently all images displayed in Roblox are moderated. That means that if you want to upload slides, you have to be aware of the moderation rules. Here are some of the rule violations you are likely to encounter in preparing academic content for Roblox: