3 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing How We Do Business
Virtual reality has come a long way from the clunky simulations that came out in the early years. In those times, VR was seen as the future of gaming technology. Players could put on a headset, and suddenly they would be immersed in a new environment that could offer a vast array of different experiences.
While we have seen VR gaming start to come into its own over the last few years, the practical applications for technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality have started to move beyond gaming and entertainment. Now, we are seeing businesses that are finding ways to use AR and VR, whether through native Android app development or virtual collaboration.
As the technology develops for games and other immersive experiences, we will start to see more of these ideas moving into the world of business. The following are just three of the ways that VR could be used to change the way we work.
Many businesses rely on employees being able to collaborate over great distances. Using things like email and video chat can work for this, but technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality will change the way people communicate. With AR and VR, you can bring people together in ways that are not possible through email, voice chat, and video chat.
Think about a team of automobile product designers that can get together in a virtual space to work on their car designs. They could share the space together and have virtual representations of different prototypes in the space with them.
Consider the ability of engineers to see the layout of an industrial installation without even having to go to the site. This could make long-distance collaboration more effective, and it could reduce the need for travel.
The idea of virtual collaboration is going to be a major advance for many businesses. People will be able to work together in real time, and they will be able to have various assets at their disposal in the virtual space. Instead of one person working on a project and sending off an email to get feedback from a colleague, they could work through issues together in a VR environment.
Reducing Business Travel
If you have to travel for business, you probably know how much of a hassle it can be. You have the security checks at the airport, the potential for delayed and canceled flights, the uncomfortable seats, and loss of sleep. You also have to consider navigating your way around a new city once you arrive. Beyond that, there is also the cost incurred by the company that comes with all of this travel.
In recent years, you may have started to use services for voice and video chat. It may allow you to avoid some of this travel, but you may have noticed that it does have some shortcomings. The technology can be unreliable at times, and there are limitations on the ways a person can express ideas through voice- or video-only or communications.
To remedy these shortcomings, businesses will start to turn to VR meetings. In a VR meeting, you could put on your headset and you would be in a virtual space that is shared by colleagues, business associates, and potential clients. Instead of your physical presence being in the room, you would all have avatars that represent you in the virtual space.
This would be more effective than a video conference because it is more representative of a real-life meeting. As the technology advances, the VR program could also track non-verbal forms of communication that would get lost in voice or video chat. Along with that, you could also bring shared resources into the environment. You could put charts and images on a screen in the virtual room, like in a real meeting. You could also bring 3D models into the space and present interactive versions of projects.
Improving Human Health
You might work in a relatively comfortable environment, but we are starting see that problems can arise in almost any workspace. When you sit at your desk all day, it can have an impact on your physical and mental health. You can have problems with chairs that cause back problems, and healthcare professionals are also starting to recognize problems that can arise from typing and clicking a mouse all day.
This will encourage more businesses to look to technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality to provide employees with a better work environment. Employees could get up and move around while working in a virtual environment. You could also use VR and AR to design controls that are more intuitive and more comfortable for your employees to use.
Currently, AR and VR aren’t quite ready for this level of workplace integration. However, advancements are occurring quickly and these technologies will likely be available in the near future. An additional benefit of the developments to come are that the controls and user experiences will get better. People will also gain a greater level of comfort and familiarity with the technology, and using it will become second nature.
VR and AR are going to make a gradual move into the workplace, and are already beginning to prove their potential for transforming it. The technology still needs to grow before it will be ready for widespread adoption. The changes might be small at first, but as VR technology develops, it is going to affect significant changes in the world of business.
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