Updated: Dec 16, 2020
There's an ancient proverb out there that says hope for the best but prepare for the worst, which implies be optimistic about the future, but be fully prepared for any adversity. The novel Coronavirus pandemic has brought in a significant transformation across businesses. With social distancing becoming the need of the hour, many organizations are focusing on digital tools to stay relevant and competitive. Undoubtedly, XR technologies (VR, AR, MR) are proving to be one of the many solutions for Small, Medium and Large businesses in areas such as remote support, employee training collaboration, and audit/inspections. In this blog, we will highlight how companies can increase productivity and effectiveness of the existing operations and prepare themselves for unpredictable outbreaks in the future.
Organizing Meetings in XR Headsets
Video-conferencing tools like Skype and Zoom have become the new norm due to the COVID situation. But soon, in-house and client meetings will be taking place in the virtual world. In fact, it has already started. Unlike video calls, which are flat and lack the personal touch, XR Headsets such as Oculus Quest and HTC Vive can provide businesses with the opportunity to remotely collaborate inside a virtual world, visualize a 3D model, images and videos in diverse virtual workplaces. Presuming that countries may take travel restrictions seriously in case of unforeseen pandemics in the near future, collaboration through XR headsets can speedily connect remote workers in a virtual room for a discussion on an ongoing design process or an organizational meeting.
Creating a Continuous Learning environment
COVID has put a lot of tasks on hold; be it workers working inside a manufacturing plant or on an oil rig. In situations like these, workers need to get continuous learning so that when they rejoin, they could recall the nitty-gritty of their work, which they had been doing before the Pandemic. With the help of XR tools, workers can up-skill themselves by engaging in a virtual environment. With the use of XR capabilities, organizations can create virtual modules of real-life scenarios and standardize it across VR headsets, desktop or a smartphone to ensure continuous education.
Preparing for audits and inspections using remote tools.
Processes, Products, and Equipment auditing and inspections are crucial to establish that an organization is using fair and lawful means to conduct its business. As Governments across countries have levied travel restrictions due to COVID, many companies are looking at XR Tools such as AR-enabled Smart Glasses for faster and safer auditing and inspections. Instead of sending auditors from around the world, using an AR platform, local technicians can connect with experts remotely on maintenance guidance and workflow data sharing.
Accomplish Scientific Research Faster
One of the biggest challenges that companies across the globe are facing right now is responding to customers changing needs. These changes will remain permanent for a long time. With social distancing becoming the new normal, private and academic researchers are looking at solutions beyond traditional research methodologies that require face to face interactions and discussions. This is where XR tools can help researchers conduct experiments to understand consumer behaviour and their needs. For example, XpertVR's Research Access Portal allows researchers to conduct studies quicker, more cost-efficiently and with many more data points.