4 Ways AR and VR Will Change The Future of Work
It is only a matter of time before virtual and augmented reality would end up in the workplace.
Augmented and virtual reality will undisputedly enter other areas of life beyond gaming. There are already companies working on services and applications targeted at professionals to assist them to get the work done.
It might feel like it would take time, but there would be a day when your work environment is one-side virtual. Below are 4 ways it could become a reality.
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Conference calls are inconvenient. However, most of the time, they are the most appropriate way to bring multiple people in on a conversation in real time, besides actually meeting in the same room. Some companies are taking attempts at outlining what a conference call could be like using VR or AR. For example, the Meta 2 demo contained a calling function where one person could even give a digital object to the other person. Just recently made public was social VR company Altspace VR’s integration of VR Call with Slack, so that users can jump right from a Slack message into the VR call. Both ways, the intent is that professionals could get advantages close to an in-person meeting, including a better ability to detect body language or even make eye contact.
For those in job roles such as programming, there can rarely be sufficient monitors. The issue is that many will contain a desk or a cubicle. Icelandic company Breakroom, was established in 2014, started engaging on a VR workspace that would give room for many windows which can be effortlessly heaped and moved around in an environment of one’s choice. This is not inferring that in the future, office workers would sit at their desks wearing headsets, but probably making use of augmented or mixed reality, there is some future where in hardware is more restricted but space is not.
Akin to calls and VR workspaces, virtual reality meeting places could act as means to make remote work more convenient since co-workers could meet together in a virtual workplace making use of avatars – or by using 360 cameras to improvise an office. In a similar manner, DORA (Dexterous Observational Roving Automation) is a robot that can be piloted around while the operator sees the robot’s view using a VR headset. A system like that could provide room for remote workers making a virtual appearance in an office.
Virtual reality is perfect for placing people in environments they might not be otherwise able to experience. An example of those uses could be for workplace attitude, such as sensitivity training for subjects like diversity. A recent article in USA Today mentioned how the NFL is trying out this ideology to combat racism and sexism. They expect to “engender empathy” by virtually putting NFL players and workers in training scenes that could include an African-American female avatar being abused by a white avatar.