The virtual reality (VR) market is expected to grow to $407 million and 25 million users by 2018, according to PGi’s new
infographic, “Is Virtual Reality Technology the Future of Work?” You may not be playing virtual reality games right now, but this trending technology will make its way into your cubicle before you know it.
Just like your favorite video conferencing and collaboration tools, VR will save you time on travel, connect your regional offices and change the workplace as we know it—but with the experience of meeting in person still intact.
Take a look at three ways VR technology will evolve your business meetings in the future of work:
1. You’ll see co-workers in your living room through VR.
When you’re working from home and the regional office calls a meeting, you could simply slide on your VR display to see the team in your living room. Meanwhile at the office, VR would break down walls and connect silos just like the open office of chance encounters trending in collaboration.
VR would also evolve your workflow. For the information worker, VR would enable you to manipulate data and workstations in exciting new ways, across infinite monitors, making data gathering, creation and analysis even more seamless and speedy.
2. You can hologram-in to meetings.
Virtual assistant holograms already greet customers at airports, explain product campaigns at wholesalers and welcome visitors as receptionists. It’s not far-fetched to say the future of work will feature real-time holograms of absentees and remote workers in meetings.
Between the in-person simulation and the possibility to manipulate 3D objects, holograms would enhance your presentations and brainstorming sessions.
While additional studies would be required to determine whether we respond to holograms in the same way as humans, we expect to see similar benefits to relationship building and collaboration from eye contact and face-to-face interaction.
3. Everyone’s the know-it-all in meetings with augmented reality.
If IKEA can successfully launch an augmented reality catalog to sell furniture, you can expect companies to put this technology to work for better meetings in the near future.
Just as video conferencing tools like iMeet® give users instant access to attendees’ information through social apps and biographies, augmented reality could provide the same information about who’s in the meeting. Like a high-tech, highly-informative name tag, augmented reality features like this would improve collaboration.
As an enhanced tool to access information from anywhere, the business applications for information workers might also include better brainstorming and problem solving in meetings or even gamification to make presentations fun.
Much like holograms, they could also bring meetings to out-of-office workers (for instance, remote workers could augment colleagues into their own home office).
Connecting dispersed offices and remote workers is perhaps one of the most appealing applications of all these technologies, cementing the “anywhere, anytime, from any device” work style for modern workers.
VR’s gaining steam, but companies still need to wait in line before the technology develops for efficient use in the workplace. Until then, today’s virtual meeting solutions will help your team sustain a competitive edge.
Learn all about the collaborative advantage of iMeet today.