• How Do You Imagine the Future of Virtual Reality in Enterprises Oct 4, 2019
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    Virtual reality has evolved over the years and finally, it is being leveraged by enterprises to create more value. Virtual Reality not only enhances user experience but also creates a whole new world for the user. Gartner CIO Survey 2019 reports that about 10% of respondents have already deployed immersive experience in their workplace, while another 9% are planning to do so within the next 12 months.

    Most of these deployments have mainly been in industries such as field services, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, warehousing, training, product design and virtualization and support for frontline workers. The future of virtual reality looks very promising and is about to change the way we see the world and the way we learn things. It is important for businesses to be able to seamlessly onboard, configure and manage VR devices, just like any other mobile device, using a VR Management solution.

    Let’s explore a few of the practical applications of VR in the workplace.

    Manufacturing
    According to research by PwC, AR and VR technologies are extremely important for car manufacturers to stay competitive in the US. Virtual Reality enables these companies to create more realistic designs for cars and their parts/accessories. Apart from this, VR also helps in remote maintenance and assembling car parts.

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    Medicine
    VR has a huge impact on medicine. Dr. Ajit Sachdeva, Director of Education with the American College of Surgeons states, “VR has reached a tipping point in medicine.” Not only does VR help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, but, combined with 3D visualization, it also helps surgeons plan complicated surgical procedures, such as the separation of conjoined twins. VR and 3D visualization have significantly reduced the time required to create 3D models of patients’ internal organs. This, in turn, helps reduce the overall time for treatment and facilitates better decision making.

    VR for Pain Relief
    VR is transforming the most painful treatments by helping reduce pain during invasive medical procedures. It brings relief to patients while changing the dressing of burn patients and more. Patients wearing a virtual reality headset device can be distracted from their pain. This results in reduced pain signals reaching the brain. There are multiple virtual reality applications dedicated for this. One of the greatest advantages of using VR for pain relief is that it has no side effects while the patient is coping with the pain. Deepstream VR is a company that provides pain relief application, ‘Cool!’ which helps patients to deal with chronic pain. The app uses data analytics to make chronic pain treatment more personalized to users.

    Field services
    A logistics firm, United Parcel Service has embraced VR headsets to train truck drivers. The content for the training module has been designed to replicate real-life instances and hazards that drivers have to deal with on the road. UPS training pros ensure that all the drivers qualify this driver safety training before actually hitting the road.

    Entertainment
    The use of VR in film making is no big surprise. Several filmmakers and studios are constantly experimenting with VR and how they can convey narratives through VR to allow the audience to experience the story from any angle they choose. This increases audience engagement. However, the experience can be intense, and hence, must be broken into several short films to hold the attention of the audience.

    Although the potential opportunities for VR look very promising, challenges still exist. The infrastructure and consistent connectivity required for VR is still at a nascent stage. The VR ecosystem still lacks maturity and control. Enterprises have to continuously invest, experiment and explore business opportunities to create widespread uses cases for VR.

    Once VR devices have completely infiltrated the system, enterprises will need a platform to manage, control and secure them. One of the greatest challenges among them will be optimizing the use of these devices. 42Gears UEM solution for Virtual Reality management can offer better control and management capabilities to any enterprise adopting VR devices. It is a robust solution that’s capable of turning any VR device into a dedicated-purpose tool, helping businesses remotely install/update content and apps. The solution not only helps monitor and configure device settings remotely, but also makes troubleshooting devices from a remote/central location a breeze.
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