Updated: Apr 18
In today's fast-paced business world, companies are always looking for ways to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. With the pandemic forcing us to embrace remote work, we saw a surge in Zoom meetings and remote conferencing. However, as things return to normal, we are seeing a trend where businesses are not requiring employees to come to the office daily or even allowing them to work 100% remotely. In fact, some companies, like ours, are taking it a step further by experimenting with virtual reality and augmented reality.
In our experience, people in businesses want two things: convenience and a way to talk to colleagues in a personal way. That's why we turned to Meta's Horizon Workrooms on the Oculus Quest 2. This virtual reality platform offers a way for our team to connect in a personal and interactive way. We can use the furniture in our home office, connect our laptop, and have meetings with our team that look like they are right in front of us. As Robert Kukulski, Business Developer and Senior Web Designer at Emerald Sky Group puts it, "VR meetings are beneficial because they allow you to communicate as if you were talking face-to-face, particularly when there are many participants. You can directly address the person you're speaking to, which improves engagement, especially when the entire team is working remotely. VR meetings also enable you to be more involved in the conversation than meetings conducted over Zoom, Teams, or Skype because all of your movements are taken into account."
Experience the Future of Remote Work with Meta's Horizon Workrooms
The platform also offers a unique way to work individually with three large screens, and use "pass-through" to mix our virtual reality office with our real-world environment, making it easier to grab things around the house if needed. With the future of work moving towards virtual and augmented reality, Meta plans to take things even further with a full AR experience with glasses, where it feels like you are in an augmented version of regular life with touchable screens in the air, and you can see your colleagues as if you were working in an office together.
The benefits of using virtual reality and augmented reality in the workplace are endless. For starters, it offers a way for teams to connect and collaborate in a way that is more personal and interactive than traditional video conferencing. Additionally, it can reduce travel costs and improve productivity since there's no need to commute. Not to mention the potential for better work-life balance, reduced stress, and increased job satisfaction. As Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of Facebook Reality Labs puts it, "Remote work and virtual reality are a match made in heaven. With VR, you can feel like you're in the same room as your colleagues, no matter where you are in the world. It's not just a video call; it's an immersive experience that can help you collaborate more effectively, build relationships, and feel more connected to your team."
In conclusion, if you're looking to take your business to the next level and offer your team a way to work in a more personal and interactive way, consider experimenting with virtual reality and augmented reality. With platforms like Meta's Horizon Workrooms on the Oculus Quest 2, you can bring the future of work right to your home office. So, what are you waiting for? It's time to embrace the future of remote work!