The Future of Virtual Reality and Web Conferencing
Though the virtual environment found its primary use in the entertainment sector, it also has some very interesting applications in business communications and conferencing. Virtual reality can create seamless collaborative environments between employees in different locations, improving productivity and facilitating outsourcing. It may not be too long until a virtual reality component is included within standard AV equipment.
Creating a More Accessible Virtual Environment
Today, web conferencing revolves around the use of video tools. Video conferencing is often awkward: it can be difficult to share documents and work on projects together. Virtual reality would create a shared environment through which users would be able to pass documents, watch demonstrations, and even work on items together.
There are some things — such as complicated training — that simply cannot work in a video environment. Often, employees need to be able to physically manipulate tools and equipment. This is where virtual reality will really be able to shine. Employees will be able to undergo complex training and seminars through virtual environments, drastically cutting down on educational costs. For seminars, this type of technology would be the great choice for the training of the remote participants.
Of course, there will still be some issues. Running such a complex virtual environment will require some heavy duty servers and a reliable Internet connection. This technology is more than possible, merely challenging. In fact, with the right optimization, a virtual environment may actually require less bandwidth than a traditional video feed.
Trade Shows, Displays, and Virtual Reality
Of course, the applications of virtual reality go beyond just web conferencing. There may also come a time when large video displays can be paired with virtual reality systems, providing interactive and entertaining walkthroughs and product demonstrations. Many vendors find it very difficult to accurately display their full inventory to their customers. With virtual reality displays, they can create an entire virtual storefront — complete with the ability to purchase.
Of course, reliable VR systems are still at least a few years off for most businesses. At BMS Computer & Audio Visual, we provide the latest cutting-edge computer and AV rental equipment for rent. With full production services and complete delivery setup, we’re able to provide everything that you need for your next trade show or convention. Contact us today to learn more about our equipment and our services.