Virtual reality as a platform for work is emerging as a disruptive technology that will demand the attention of business leaders. Working inside virtual reality has the possibility to increase productivity in unexpected ways that will be hard for businesses to ignore if they want to stay competitive.
One company that has been wide awake to the need for software that allows businesses to leverage virtual reality is Envelop, which has created a software platform that allows an entirely new way of working, creating, and playing.
Called EVE, it’s an immersive platform for PC content and VR apps that enables users to perform all their computing tasks while using a VR headset, and it has already delivered a number of unexpected productivity boosters.
Whereas space is limited in the real world, virtual space is unlimited. Inside virtual reality there is no limit to the number of monitors to work from. Financial analysts, stock traders and security monitoring staff all need more than one monitor to access information from multiple sources. In virtual reality workers can have access to an infinite number of monitors simultaneously, speeding up analysis and decision-making.
Cutting out the on-and-off hassle
Currently, most developers create VR content in a 2D environment, then strap on a headset to asses and test their work, and then take the headset off to re-enter the 2D environment to make changes and do debugging. To see the results they have to once again don the headset and enter the virtual environment. With EVE developers can stay immersed in virtual reality and have run-time and coding consoles co-exist, drastically increasing productivity and the quality of content.
Escaping the noise and distraction
In most companies employees work in soulless cubicles in open offices, being constantly distracted by noise and movement. Most employees don’t have the luxury of a private office with a door that can be closed where they can focus on tasks without constant interruptions. Virtual reality offers privacy and silence to focus on urgent projects and deadlines to be met. It also offers the possibility of creating an aesthetically-pleasing virtual environment to work in, which in itself boosts productivity because most people react positively to and work better in nice surroundings.
Enabling remote collaboration
Virtual reality has the advantage of helping people to work better on their own and be more productive, but the technology can also boost productivity by facilitating collaboration between workers who are physically in different locations.
Employees working from different offices on the same project are only able to meet face to face at a travel cost to the company or via a Skype meeting or similar platform. The former can be very expensive and the latter has limits that are easily overcome in a virtual setup. In a virtual meeting room co-workers could work right next to each other, share multiple monitors, see the same information, discuss problems, and solve issues. Think about software developers being able to see the same code at the same time and being able to discuss and annotate the code.
Of course there is a potential flipside to disappearing in virtual reality to work. When we eventually come to an office with many workers immersed in virtual reality, there will have to be a protocol for bringing them out to the real world for interaction in the real world.