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As COVID-19 has spread to over 180 countries, it will undoubtedly have a profound effect on how we work for years to come. According to Global Workplace Analytics, in 2018, it was estimated that 5 million employees (3.6% of the U.S. employee workforce) worked-at-home part or full time. While this was an increase of 173% since 2005, it will likely be small compared to increases in 2020 and beyond.
Companies who previously believed that they could only operate out of corporate offices and that their conference room meetings were their lifeblood have been forced to move out of their comfort zones. The company Zoom has emerged as the most popular software for online meetings; solutions are also available from Cisco Webex Meetings, Goto Meeting, Google Hangouts Meet, join.me, and Adobe Connect.
Can We Meet In Virtual Reality?
According to Markets and Markets, the Virtual Reality market is expected to grow from USD 7.9 billion in 2018 to USD 44.7 billion by 2024. Driving VR growth are improvements in VR Headset technology as well as the availability of software applications in the areas of gaming, education, training, and the entertainment sector,
With the use of voice and video tools for collaboration expanding, companies providing virtual reality solutions are seeing an opportunity to be part of this growing market. As investments in VR headsets are required, companies will need to evaluate the cost contrasted with providing a more immersive and functional environment for their employees to collaborate. The following are a few Virtual Reality collaboration solutions from which a company may choose.
Solutions to Meet in Virtual Reality
Based out of The Netherlands, Connect2 is a virtual collaboration platform that enables lifelike social experiences despite physical distances. Their software allows users to have a high quality, 3D, interactive and immersive experience when connecting from different offices or their homes. The experience can be personalized for each user as they can alter their surroundings.
The product from Dog head simulation studios is called Rumii. It facilitates the connection of teams through workspaces that offer high-quality, realistic surroundings. Personalization is strong for each user as they can customize their own VR avatar. Rumi also includes features such as screen sharing with video, file sharing, online chat, and plenty of online storage.
Based in Finland, Glue is a modern virtual collaboration platform that can connect users through any device. The company understands the importance of virtual environments and how this technology can help facilitate remote learning, meetings, and workshops. The product features a timer, laser pointer, an integrated camera for selfies, a file-sharing system, and the ability to make annotations in 3D.
Based in Denmark, MeetinVR helps companies work together from anywhere at any time by having meetings in interactive virtual reality conference rooms. This application features the ability to make a presentation, provide product reviews, and see 3D models. It offers the ability to brainstorm, sketch, mind map, and conduct team-building activities.
MeetingRoom focuses on providing collaborative workspaces for the small business through enterprise. The software will work with multiple devices and comes with a reference wall for presentations, a collaboration wall to add notes during the meeting, and a whiteboard. They also have a timer, to help users stay on schedule despite working from different time zones.
Spatial Systems offers a solution to collaborate in both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Providing an almost real virtual avatar, teams can bring their thoughts to life in the room around them, using a desktop computer or phone. Spatial seamlessly ties digital devices together into an infinite collective workspace environment.
Immersed, a product from Tech Stars currently works with the Oculus Go or Oculus Quest headset. This product empowers a company to collaborate and operate remotely by immersing up to 7 users into the same virtual workspace. Each user can have multiple screens displayed or shared to multitask as well as a remote whiteboard to brainstorm ideas with others.
Currently working with the Oculus Quest headset, VSpatial is an immersive virtual reality workspace that connects users to their computers, applications, and co-workers seamlessly. It leverages the power of VR, with unlimited application screens, the ability to interact with files, data, and easily share multiple applications.
As online meetings and collaboration become the norm for so many companies, it will be interesting to see how the capabilities of virtual reality are leveraged. VR is still a relatively new and emerging technology, so it is anyone’s guess what creative solutions will be developed in the coming years.