Immersive technologies are being used as an alternative against COVID-19

The concept of telework, which was introduced for the first time in the 70’s in the USA, is being in the last days and weeks a current topic of interest in the media.

Faced with the evolution of the coronavirus, the number of companies that are taking a step forward to implement teleworking and thus avoid a possible contagion of their employees when traveling to their different companies continues to grow.

This is a difficult situation, as we are witnessing a health, economic and social crisis, but it is also an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that remote work is a viable alternative, just as productive as face-to-face work.

At this time, technology is presented as an ideal tool to improve communication between work teams and also between teachers and students. In particular, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can greatly facilitate the work of companies as well as universities. While VR uses smart glasses to immerse the user in a computer-generated environment, with a completely real sense of presence, AR technology superimposes digital layers (such as text, graphical elements or videos) on the actual environment.

Which are the benefits of immersive technologies?

  1. Allows remote education. Teachers and students can connect to the same virtual space without having to travel
  2. Carry out meetings remotely. Virtual reality allows participants to interact with their peers natively through virtual avatars.
  3. Improve the maintenance and repair of industrial machinery. Through mixed reality (MR), the operator can be guided by the technical service expert in the resolution of incidents, without the need for the latter to travel.

E-Learning VR: How to make collaborative meetings or e-learning classrooms in an immersive way

E-Learning VR is a virtual reality tool that allows several people to meet in the same virtual space, especially oriented to training and education. It allows sharing experiences and knowledge with others, even if they are miles away.

It makes it possible to hold online meetings or courses with the interactivity of doing it face to face, that is, in virtual workspaces where it is possible to collaborate and achieve a real interaction between teachers and students or between work teams.

This platform turns the conventional classroom into a VR environment in which the teacher is also the administrator of the room, to which students connect, being able to access the virtual workspace from anywhere in the world.

In addition, this immersive VR platform is very useful for agile collaborative meetings. A remote work tool that allows to better organize, create and share ideas among creative teams. In it, you can create 3D drawings, generate post-its using your voice or use whiteboard to make notes on it.

Assist AR: How to solve technical machinery incidents remotely

Assist AR is a system that allows remote communication between the operator, who has detected the incident, and the supervisor, or person responsible for the technical service, so that the latter can guide him in the tasks of resolving the incidents. The software maintains a live and remote communication that can be completed with images and extra content that will be displayed with Augmented Reality on the real vision of the operator, facilitating the required tasks.

The experts will be able to visualize live the operator’s incident from different multiplatform devices (mobile, web and smart glasses) and also have the option to record the entire session (both video and audio or chats) and take screenshots of a specific incident to be able to check it later.

In this way, it is possible to transport all the technical knowledge from anywhere in the world when support is required for maintenance, repair or installation tasks.

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