“CXOs – Prepare for Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology”

AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) devices are becoming more popular in business enterprises and in industries where they were never considered as important. Except for online gaming, AR/VR technology continuously assist in creating cutting-edge advancements. Many people believe that this type of technology will be especially useful in fields such as shopping, travel, and entertainment. However, experts are convinced that areas of remote inspection along with plant & equipment maintenance will be the sectors that enjoy the benefits of AR/VR technology the most.

This type of technology will allow the people in charge of these industries to spot weak links or possible hazards without spending exorbitant amounts of money. A building inspector, for example, will be able to walk through a house with a set of AR glasses, see the blueprint through the glasses, and continue with a full inspection. He will then be able to verify that the building has been built according to regulation and that all codes have been followed. He will be able to detect things like smoke alarms and where they have been installed throughout the house.

Other sectors that will also enjoy the benefits of AR/VR technology are those that are located in sites where it is dangerous for humans to visit. A remote operator will then be able to fly a drone with AR/VR equipment attached to it to investigate the site.

Many companies have not yet climbed on the AR/VR bandwagon, mostly because these types of technology can seem intimidating to people who have never used it before. They are, however, very straightforward and easy to experiment with.

Here are 5 steps companies can take if they are ready to explore AR/VR options:

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See what is available: If there are companies that use AR/VR in the same field, do research and see what is available. See how it benefits the companies and ask whether they are worth doing a concept for.
Evaluate the business processes in your company: Once you have an idea of how AR/VR works, identify the areas in the business environment where AR/VR will be put to good use. Then work with operations to calculate if it will be worth the cost.
Educate your staff: AR/VR technology is different in business spheres than online gaming. It must connect with business data and staff needs to understand how it works. They might resist change for fear of unemployment. Educate them on how exactly this will benefit the company.
Prepare to adapt: AR/VR technology is an unnatural phenomenon and something one has to get used to. Using AR glasses might be disorienting at first. It might even make people dizzy. Encourage adaptability in the working environment in order for staff to feel comfortable working with it.
Don’t procrastinate: There are many excuses for one not to AR/VR technology. You might think you have too many projects going on at the moment. Don’t fall into this trap. The move to AR/VR technologies might be gradual but don’t give up before you’ve started.

November 1, 2017