There’s no getting away from the fact that virtual reality is a complex subject. Even the amateur user needs to brush up on a number of topics before taking the plunge and buying a head mounted display (HMD). For the professional user, the number of questions to be answered increases dramatically. However, and I’ll admit that I’m biased here, plotting your organisations ambitions and goals when it comes to visualisation and virtual reality is a pretty exciting prospect. If done right, it genuinely can transform the way you work and engage with others within and outside of the organisation.
Is it a point solution you’re looking for? To introduce a new organisational capability? Something in between? Even a quick exercise to create a basic roadmap for the different parts of your organisation is a good use of your time; there’s a good chance you’ll unlock use cases and possibilities you hadn’t initially considered. Not all of these have to be unlocked straight away, of course, but at least now you’ve got a picture for how you might like your initial acorn to grow.
This isn’t always best achieved via HMDs any more than it is by prescribing an expensive and dedicated facility at each office: the former can be quite isolating and limit free engagement when groups are collaborating, the latter can be unwieldy and not allow people to access visualisations freely and when needed.
To give you some idea, we regularly see users successfully employing our VR software and systems into their working lives through:
Hopefully this list gives you some impression of how taking a broader view of how VR can improve the way your organisation interacts and operates. Getting started with VR need not be an expensive or onerous experience, but making sure you’re using it as effectively as possible does require a little thought.
The last point, bespoke configurations, illustrates that VR is about bringing a number of different hardware and software components together. The technology we have at our disposal today means that there is great scope for novel set-ups that serve very particular and important use-cases. However, doing so effectively, robustly and economically requires bringing together a few different threads. In the next blog, we’ll explore some of those fundamentals.
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