Meetings and conferences in virtual reality
Virtual reality conferences will be the future trend when it comes to organizing business meetings and boards.
This type of virtual meetings they add added value to the already widespread videoconferences.
Thanks to virtual reality, remote meetings earn integers in interaction, non-verbal communication and immersion capacity.
The extension of the use of video conferencing is a great boost for the business sector. Thanks to the emergence of companies like Skype, it was no longer necessary, for example, for board members to have to be in the same physical space for decision-making.
However, traditional video conferencing has several drawbacks compared to a conventional meeting. The fact of not sharing a common environment causes non-verbal communication to be almost non-existent. Because of this fact, these meetings are much more distant and less effective than usual meetings.
Thanks to virtual reality, these conferences can be held in a way more natural and immersive.
To carry out this type of meeting, the participants create avatars.
These avatars share space in a medium created in virtual reality. Within this simulated space, participants' avatars can interact with each other to limits that webcams or mobile phones do not allow. Avatars can look at each other, directly, touch, make gestures... All non-verbal communication, practically non-existent in conventional videoconferences, reaches limits close to those present in a physical meeting.
Virtual reality meetings have many benefits for companies.
The most obvious is that they allow users to see each other and interact by eliminating travel costs.
With the small initial investment of virtual reality glasses, you can make much more interactive telematic conferences and immersive than videoconferencing.
with all or only with some workers who are present in the virtual classroom.
all the information made available by users from your virtual "desktop"
to the entire set of users or to smaller groups of users, materials
multimedia in its different formats (pdf, video, 3D modeling, etc.) and being able to interact with it (Zoom, rotate, move, detail, etc.)
with the multimedia material that is shared during the meeting (Zoom, rotate, move, detail, etc.)
materials prior to the virtual meeting.
Possibility of having a space where you can upload your own documentation.
For example, if you have downloaded one of the materials provided by the teacher, being able to upload a
own version with your notes, and decide if you want to share it or not with other users
metrics and report on what is happening in the virtual environment thanks to a control panel in which you can visualize the behavior of users in the classroom.
- Head movements
- Movement of hands
- Heat map with the points where users direct their gaze
- Connection time to the environment to work
- Voice tone
highlight or delete with a pointer the multimedia elements (pdf, video, 3D modeling, etc.) that show users
Virtual reality conferencing also allows it to be project tracking easier which are carried away from the central offices. Thanks to virtual reality conferences, you can make a 360 degree photography or video of, for example, a delocalized factory, and consult its current situation almost in real time.
Participants in these meetings can also manipulate the virtual environment to be able to offer much more detailed information than is possible in a video conference.
Participants can, for example, draw graphics in the virtual environment, that the rest can see and modify in real time.
In the same way, you can also share images, videos, 3D files, pdf ...
To carry out these conferences, only virtual reality compatible equipment is necessary.
With glasses and a virtual reality controller, attendees have at their fingertips some very high levels of interaction.
The fact that it is so easy to organize a meeting makes it happen more often and therefore improves internal communication.
The fact that internal communication improves means that the decision-making dynamics. In addition, the fact of being able to support the arguments with virtual graphics, images or videos, makes the decisions made have greater authority.
Virtual reality conferences have a promising future. Despite being a developing sector, they have a series of advantages that make them much more interesting than traditional videoconferences.