In the past few years, the use of virtual reality (VR) has become much more prominent and it will continue to in the future as well. Big companies like Facebook, Google and Samsung have all made investments in virtual reality hardware, software and content.
When most people think of VR, they think of games. However, the technology is poised to make a difference in the workplace as well. The biggest reason for this shift in thinking comes from 2014, when Facebook made a $2 billion acquisition deal with Oculus VR. With Facebook leading the way, the number of venture capital deals tripled. In fact, it is estimated that the virtual reality market will be worth $30 billion by 2020.
It seems inevitable that the use of VR in the office will become the norm in the future. Which is why we decided to explore this, and share our findings with you. Here are 5 benefits that VR will have in the office.
Increased Connectivity And Collaboration
Virtual reality makes it possible for people to work together and communicate, regardless of distance. However, unlike telephone and video conferencing, VR makes the users feel like they are all inhabiting the same space, making collaboration more effective. It also provides a platform for users to use and manipulate data in real time.
Working Remotely Will Increase In Popularity
Since VR makes it so easy to connect and work with other people, working remotely will become more popular among the workforce. Facebook is already working on creating digital chatrooms; once this technology becomes available to the commercial sector, it will not be surprising to find companies headquartered in Malaysia, with regular employees working from places as far off as India, China or Japan.
Better Training Techniques
The ability to put people into immersive real-life scenarios makes VR the perfect training tool. Now employers can put their employees into a simulation and give them a better idea of what they face in a particular situation, and how they should react to it. It could be used as part of the interview process to see if a potential employee is capable of completing a task. It is especially beneficial for high risk employment, showing employees what they need to do during an emergency situation, and getting first time responders ready for disasters. Both NASA and the armed forces already use VR for training.
Faster Production Development
In a computer-generated environment, product development will become faster than ever before. Virtual Reality can be used to test products for flaws in their design in a variety of scenarios, eliminating the need for extensive physical prototypes. This can be useful for something as small as product packaging to something as large as the design of a building; perhaps even the design of space shuttles and satellites. During trials, changes to a product can be made virtually and tested immediately, allowing the final product to be refined sooner.
New Ways To Advertise
The advertising industry has already begun to change rapidly. Nowadays, more attention is being put into social media advertising than TV ads. Soon VR advertising will put traditional advertising in the backseat, allowing consumers to experience and test out their products virtually in real time. It will give advertising a whole new level of immersion and make it not just something to watch, but something to experience.