vSpatial Offers Virtual Reality Personal Productivity Platform

vSpatial Offers Virtual Reality Personal Productivity Platform

vSpatial, a company focused on using virtual reality to increase productivity, is poised to release a virtual reality application that allows users to create unlimited screens in a virtual reality workspace. vSpatial’s vision is to provide an environment that changes how and where we traditionally work and play.

“With the introduction of virtual reality, we are no longer limited to what we can see on 2D screens and expensive monitors.”

The up-and-coming tech startup vSpatial describes their product this way: “With the introduction of VR (virtual reality) we are no longer limited to what we can see on 2D screens and expensive monitors. We can now create full virtual workspaces that allow countless screens and applications with no additional cost. More than that, we can now interact with data and our work in ways never before possible. We are excited to enable this type of productivity for users not just in the office, but anywhere they want to work.”

vSpatial focuses on using virtual reality in the business environment. The virtual workspace become the users personal office, where files can be quickly accessed and used in virtual space. In addition to this workspace, vSpatial is building powerful applications for the VR office space that allow users to interact with data in a way that was never before possible.

vSpatial will be launching a public beta in August of 2017 using the Facebook Oculus platform. Oculus powers notable technology such as the Gear VR and Rift. vSpatial offers a simple set-up, user friendly controls and a collaborative, productive environment.

A History of Success

vSpatial is the brain-child of Richard Platt and David Tucker, impressive minds that also brought you Selsius Systems, acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998 as the first VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) enterprise system on the market. The Selsius acquisition launched Cisco into the leader position in enterprise communications.

Richard Platt, co-founder and CEO of vSpatial, is an author and co-author of many patents in areas such as communications and networking.

David Tucker, chairman of the board and co-founder of vSpatial is an expert in telecommunications and a leader of top-talent, creating opportunities for the tech world that have a worldwide reach.

Pascal Menezes, a member of vSpatial’s Board of Directors, is a proven technology thought leader, sales evangelist, product manager and seasoned IP architect with close to 30 years of experience in internetworking, next-generation information systems, and communication architectures where he holds several patents and has started several successful companies.

John Sallaway, co-founder and COO of vSpatial, began with a successful career in law where he used his entrepreneurial spirit to become a managing partner of a Dallas based law firm. Within this firm, he was able to grow from 15 attorneys to 60 within three years, increasing the firm’s annual revenue ten-fold.

10 Ways VR Will Positively Affect Remote Teams

10 Ways VR Will Positively Affect Remote Teams

Our parents and grandparents used to go into the office every day to work. That’s just what they did. The “office” has evolved in the past several decades to include so much more. Now a days it can mean sipping a hot cappuccino at the local coffee shop, or even at home in your bed in your fuzzy pajamas. I have to say, I love working remotely when I can. It makes me love my job and I really do get a ton done when I’m in MY space.

This gradual redefining of work has been enabled by technology with project management software, instant message clients, and especially video conferencing, to name a few. While this has made remote work possible, there are some limitations to the work that can be done and some companies are moving away from allowing remote work. But does it have to?

The biggest problem that employers seem to have is not the remote work itself, but simply that collaboration is not as powerful remotely as it is in person. That could be true if all you do is have video conferences and chat. But virtual reality can overcome this limitation and not only make collaboration as powerful as in person, but more powerful as we integrate technology into that experience like never before. We believe that more and more employers should put on a VR headset and they will see that real remote collaboration is not only possible, but preferable.

Here is our use case for some of the things that VR is giving to remote teams.

 

 

1. VR Allows Us to Feel Connected

Virtual reality team meetings are not just pictures on a screen of your teammates, you get the feeling of PRESENCE while you are in the virtual space with them. When users go into a room together you get the same experience of users looking at you and talking with you. Anyone that has been in a VR room with someone else can attest that it really feels like you are together. Businesses can actually have their employees come into a virtual office just like a real office now, and you could all work in the same room and you will feel like you are together.

 

2. VR Provides Enhanced Visualization and Collaboration

If you want to share data across the world or across town, virtual reality offers this ability. Using enhanced visualization, virtual reality can allow you to share and view the same data your colleague is viewing with real-time updates. Picture this: You have a chart of last month’s social engagement up in front of you, making notes and drawing circles around important numbers. Your colleagues are looking at this from three different states and sharing their notes as well – all in real-time.

 

3. VR Increases Efficiency and Saves Time

As a company, it is important that tasks are completed, products shipped or services delivered in a timely manner – no matter who is in the office. One of the best parts in virtual reality is the ability for team members to check-in and get involved any time of day, anywhere, no matter the situation. This keeps everyone on task and your business running efficiently. As mobile VR devices become more powerful it is going to be easier for people to come into the office as well. On the road and need to do some quick work? Just pull over to the side of the road and put on your headset and you are in the office ready to work. Bam!

 

4. VR is Fun and Engaging

Okay, so this is one that I didn’t know I was going to write about, but VR is fun! Work feels more like a game than work. When you are not staring a computer screen all day, but instead have controllers in your hands it is engaging. You are constantly pointing and clicking and interacting all around you. Your head swivels from the left to the right. It feels more like a game than work. That old adage that when you do something that you love you never work a day in your life comes to mind. I am often pulled out of my work in VR by my wife for dinner. Time flies because we are having fun together.

 

5. VR Saves Money

Setting up an employee and maintaining an office is of course expensive. You have to set up desks, chairs, and it is almost required that every desk has at least 2 monitors and a desktop. With VR employers will be able to get a VR device and a user will be set to go… shoot, they will be better than good to go. They don’t have to pay for tolls and gas to go to work. They can have countless monitors and interact and work with everyone in the office with no overhead.

 

6. VR Gives Us the Ultimate Training Tools

If you could give your employees or colleagues the ultimate training seminar with hands-on learning for that new tech product, would you? Of course, you would. If you could train your new employees with processes they will actual use, would you? Yes. (If your answer isn’t yes, then something is wrong with you 😉) If you are working remotely, training can be an issue. Virtual reality gives us the ability to give and experience training tools otherwise not available. Your employees can train in a practice setting where mistakes can be made and lessons learned – all from their new desk. While not a remote company, Honeygrow, a healthy, fast-casual restaurant is a great example of using VR to train employees about food safety procedures. How could VR help to train your co-workers?

 

7. VR Opens New Doors for Talent

There is true talent all over the world, and when assembling your team aren’t you looking for the best of the best? Skilled designers in London or exceptional accountants in Dubai were previously out of your reach simply because of their distance. How could you possibly collaborate with a programmer in Tokyo without spending thousands of dollars on plane tickets? With virtual reality and remote work, you can connect with talent across the globe in virtual spaces just like you were going into the same office every day. This opens doors for new ventures as well as language and culture for your team and your business.

 

8. VR Allows Us to Interact with Each Other Quicker

You may not have the water cooler to hang out around (well, that could probably be arranged) but, you will have the ability to chat and interact with your colleagues just like you were there in person. In fact, in virtual reality you don’t have to waste time walking down the room, you can point at another use in the space, instantly transport to their side and talk with them like you are side by side.

 

9. VR Creates New Sales Opportunities

If you want to sell a product or service, many people think that face-to-face is the best approach. What if you could meet new people face-to-face without leaving your home office? With virtual reality, you can. This creates a huge opportunity to meet new prospects, introduce yourself and dive into your pitch as if you knocked on their door. Right now there are already community events and applications like AltVR where you can talk to people with shared interests at events. There are also public rooms in Bigscreen where you can meet (or create virtual meeting spaces) people with shared interests.

 

10. VR Allows for Growth

Whether you are a small business, an enterprise or a couple people spread across the states who work in their basements, we all need room to grow. Physical space can be hard to come by as we are making decisions towards more important things. And cash flow? It can pull a disappearing act at times. Virtual reality gives you the ability to have virtual space, where data and communication can continue to grow. If your meeting space is running out of chairs, your virtual realm will not.

It is a fact that remote work has already changed the way we work. And yet, virtual reality is going to change it even more. VR will create room for growth, more opportunity, better training and more to those who partake in the advancement.

As VR continues to spread and grow, give your company the benefit by trying this tech out. Success is “virtually” an absolute given.

 

Productivity in VR: Overcoming Barriers

Productivity in VR: Overcoming Barriers

Virtual Reality headsets have seen huge growth from 2016 to what we have seen thus far in 2017. With this growth, the majority of current applications and innovation are focused on gaming.  We believe, however, the real growth in adoption of VR will come as more and more users put on headsets to get actual work done during the day and not just at night and weekends when they are having fun.

We thought it was a good time to take a look at what things are stopping users from jumping on the bandwagon to get work done and how the industry is addressing these issues.

High Price

Currently, VR can be a bit pricey if you want to use it for work because you need a VR capable machine.  It can easily cost a person between $2000 to get a VR capable computer and the VR equipment to go along with it.  Mobile devices that are equipped with VR are much more affordable, but have limited capabilities for input and interacting with the data required for day to day work.

To combat this all of the major carriers are working on a stand alone VR device of some sort that will make it much more affordable to get started with a full VR device.  With so many competitors there has also already been major price cuts in the cost of the VR devices themselves.  The price will continue to drop as more and more players enter the game.

Lack of Business-Focused Applications

As mentioned before, playing games in VR is amazing and everyone is doing it.  Answering emails, working with applications, and communicating with colleagues are a bit harder to do. Few players are in this arena so far. While you can view your computer in virtual reality now with a number of applications, that is about all you can do with them currently. The computer views we are offered now only scratches the surface of opportunity in a 3D virtual reality workspace.

High quality virtual reality devices and business-focused software is needed for sustained daily business use. A simple VR device that gives you a few options to choose from will not be enough for your office. You will need fully integrated software that is smart, productive and cost effective.

There is good news, however. New ideas and tech are popping up all over the place, especially within the VR world. What is not available to us now, will be in the very near future as vSpatial and others focus in on business users.

Insufficient Tech

While technology has come a long way, there are still a number of technical hurdles that the industry is addressing right now.

The first technology that is critical for virtual space is the ability to input data and interact with the data.  We have long been able to point and click in VR, but that only allows us to view the email, not actually respond to it. It seems that every day we hear about a new device and a new way to interact online.  There are dongles and controllers a plenty.  The Oculus touch device allows you to grab objects in a natural way that just blows my mind. It is only a matter of time before we figure out ways to input text just as easily, or even better than, we do now with keyboards and mice.

Another major technical hurdle is the resolution in VR devices, especially lower end VR devices that use cell phones to power them.  The resolution is acceptable for gaming, but it is difficult to read documents and view detail that is necessary to get work done in a day to day VR environment.  This is another area where we hear about a device increasing the resolution in the next version almost daily.  Another benefit of VR space is also that you can zoom in and out easily with input devices that allow you to not only read items, but even view intricate detail up close.

These are just a few of the thoughts we are seeing as barriers that are being overcome daily before our eyes.  Try out a mobile device VR as a place to start and before you know it we will all be interacting with our data and being more productive in virtual space than we ever thought possible.

What do you think?  Do you see these barriers?  What other barriers are there are do you see business users getting into virtual space as part of their work?

 

 

What do you think?  Do you see these barriers?  What other barriers are there are do you see business users getting into virtual space as part of their work?

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