Virtual reality increases the feeling of encounter and interactivity in meetings and social relations at a distance
Virtual reality may be one of the technologies that can best help overcome the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus.
We are at a time when companies in the medical industry cannot meet customers and staff in person. It is time to find new digital and online solutions that will allow the health care industry to find ways to provide the care that the population requires at this time.
At Simlab IT, we have a system, we have created a better way to do it digitally.
Instead of video tours, we are offering professionals the opportunity to create complete virtual environments in VR so they can continue to have in-person meetings. This can be approached both by teachers who want to continue training in a non face-to-face way, and by doctors and healthcare professionals who want to continue practicing their profession in the most agile, comfortable and above all, safe way possible.
Because the VR environments that we can generate will allow for medical care, training and distance learning.
Various experts agree that virtual reality can increase its attractiveness due to its capacity to provide immersive experiences and generate “face-to-face” meeting places while respecting the rules of social distancing that will probably be maintained to a greater or lesser extent over the coming months and even recurrently over the next few years.
They also agree that from now on it is possible that virtual meetings will increasingly replace at least part of the physical meetings in order to reduce crowding, travel and trips, also helping to combat climate change.
Applied to education and teleworking, virtual reality can bring about changes that favour demographic distribution and relieve congestion in cities and hinder the spread of future epidemics.
Virtual meetings: between videoconference and face-to-face meeting
We are at a point where measures must be found to adapt to this new reality, but these measures must not be permanent. The recommendation is to start looking to the future with a long-term vision, which will allow us to find solutions that go beyond this particular moment of the pandemic. When everything passes, an uncertain future is drawn before us, but one that is sure to change many things from what was done before.
With the closure of businesses and public spaces, in recent weeks many people have been forced to hold their meetings, gatherings and even conferences and courses through video conferencing.
So that teachers, health professionals, professionals and institutions are not left behind, and this change catches them off guard, at Simlab IT we are holding a series of online training and seminars, focused on all these sectors that cannot stop providing health care, training or learning.
In the next few days, Simlab IT CEO Robert Taylor will give a webinar on how to give virtual tours using virtual reality. If you are interested, click on the following link.
In video conferences via Skype or Google Hangouts, no common space is shared, so non-verbal communication is almost non-existent. This makes them more distant and less effective than face-to-face meetings, something thousands of people have been able to verify first-hand in recent weeks.
Face to face meetings (of avatars, however)
Something similar happens with meetings and conferences in virtual reality in which the physical presence is replaced by an avatar or virtual version of each participant often recreated in 3D and that can move with total freedom in a virtual environment, allowing high levels of interaction, non-verbal communication and immersion capabilities.
In this way the virtual or digital versions – the avatars of all participants – are in a common space where “they can all interact, look at each other, gesture and better perceive each other’s non-verbal language.
The main difference between a video call and a virtual meeting is in what we understand as “presence”. Even at a distance, virtual reality does have the capacity to turn a remote meeting into a face-to-face one because it creates in the participants the feeling of being in a common place with other people.
Virtual environments allow us to recreate the connection that occurs in the face to face with another person and that does not occur in the same way in a video conference.
And although there is still much room for improvement in producing avatars and virtual environments, it also increases the sense of connection between participants, something that plays a decisive role in favour of virtual meetings.
Microsoft rules out face-to-face events in one year
Microsoft warned that, for the next 12 months, all its meetings, both public and private, will be held only in digital form, in the format that is most appropriate for each case.
“The challenges posed by the Covid-19 force us to adjust our schedule and take advantage of it to experiment with new platforms to produce first-hand experiences in the digital arena,” the company explains.
Will virtual reality and augmented reality have a place in your strategy? Surely yes, sooner or later. For example, as far as product presentation is concerned, the advantage of augmented reality is that it makes it unnecessary to move around and move products, yet everyone can see and explore the product in all its dimensions and in detail, from anywhere in the world.
Help to create your own virtual reality classroom
Many of the professionals who are entering Simlab IT training courses have the same question. How can I create my own virtual reality classroom/laboratory/ consultation? To offer students or patients a virtual reality environment in which to experience the same sensations as in the real world, we have also prepared a detailed guide in which we give all the keys to creating your own virtual reality laboratory.
If you are interested in creating your own virtual reality laboratory, we also create free plans for that. To get your free plan, click on the link below.