Technology is innovating like never before; it is transforming how businesses take place. In this day, it is not plausible to conduct face-to-face business all the time especially with the growing importance of “work from home”. Most office workers have now become adept in using mixed reality tools like Zoom, Slack, and Teams which enable them to meet in virtual locations. From attending morning line-ups to adding emojis to motivate the employees to accept the “new-style of working”, 2020 has been an eye-opener.
But these new experiences only form a little part of what mixed reality has to offer in totality. New forms of mixed reality technologies have taken over our office spaces and are creating mainstream virtual alternatives for the workplace, thereby redefining the future of work.
The concept of virtual offices isn’t new. It was almost a decade ago when technology pioneers started using big-screen video “portals” to link satellite offices into each other’s worlds via always-on video feeds. As this technology evolved, major corporations started implementing virtual offices to keep the teams connected globally. Virtual offices not only bring the team closer but also create a feeling of togetherness And now, teams in some of the world’s gigantic financial institutions meet in virtual offices using mixed reality programs, including Sneek and Pukkateam.
Virtual Focus Groups
AI has been in demand for a long now. AI-powered virtual focus groups assist companies in going beyond the physical conference rooms. Virtual platforms Remesh enables companies to tap into the kinds of insights collected from small focus groups but through massive digital surveys, without the drawback of being one-sided or bias.
Virtual platforms assist businesses in market research. They are employed to collate views and feedback of hundreds of participants on a new product concept or a new idea. Equipped with artificial intelligence as well as an upvoting engine, these platforms group responses and allows facilitators to change or upgrade their offerings in real-time.
Companies have started looking at mixed reality environments as a plausible alternative for brainstorming innovations and also for running projects. When the global pandemic led to a complete lockdown, companies had no other choice but to freeze on-going projects and R&D work as they were unable to convene the people involved first hand. However, to snap out of the unprecedented times, companies included collaboration tools like digital whiteboards and live co-editing of wikis, slides, and documents to bring the team together.
The perfect permutation of voice, video, chat created more opportunities for all team members to contribute. With greater freedom of representation in the virtual room, teams are now able to reach more holistic solutions, something that wasn’t happening earlier.