Remote Collaboration from Home in 2020

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Marco Almeida

Art Director at Craytive Technologies


Remote Collaboration via VR & AR at Home
In Education, Enterprise, Games & Entertainment, Gear & Tech, Sales & Marketing


Pandemics are scary and they’re challenging emotionally as well as physically. There is no way around those facts. But while health professionals and public servants over the world are doing their absolute best, every single person can make a contribution to slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. Remote Collaboration and virtual presence strategies are just one way to both get work done and stay connected in general while in the comfort and safety of your home.

Many of us are in a good position to do the right thing and hang out at home as much as possible. And while we think it’s commendable that some regions have opted to support residents by suspending mortgages and financial obligations, cancelling events, and scaling back day-to-day life, many of us will need to continue working. Life is going to keep rolling forward.



Remote Collaboration that Feels Real

The first step to finding a new normal if you’re suddenly working from home is establishing how you’re going to carry out tasks. How are you going to connect with prospects and clients? How are you going to touch base with co-workers and employees?

Remote Collaboration applications, also referred to as virtual presence, more closely resemble a meeting in person than something like a video chat or a conference call. Apps like Arvizio, Avatar Chat, Spatial, or BaselineZ are ready to use for anyone with a compatible headset. By allowing the users to interact with holograms in real time, complex ideas can be vizualized without the need of boring powerpoint presentations or documents. As a result, this technolgy can significantly improve productive and creative output as well as more clarity on the message you are trying to get across.


Presentations via Remote Collaboration

Conference cancellations are spreading even faster than the Coronavirus, and that can be a good thing. The more we can participate in remote working, distance learning, and digital entertainment now, the better position the whole world will be in as we get deeper into this pandemic.

If you plan to participate in virtual meetings or attend presentations virtually over a long period of time, you might want to consider higher-end gear. Some of the best products to try are actually AR glasses rather than VR headsets. The Microsoft HoloLens 2 and Magic Leap 1 are ideal for incorporating digital content into the world around you without shutting the world out completely. While full VR immersion is great for certain games and experiences, you may find interpersonal conversations and workflow better suited to a blend of digital and real worlds.

A platform like BaselineZ, created exclusively for experts in the Oil and Gas industry, allow users to create, present and interact with holographic 3D models and data in a much more imersive way then traditional keynote presentations. When combining all of these features, presenting a project can be a memorable experience for everyone involved and therefore bring added value to the project in discussion.



Affordable, Accessible Remote Collaboration

Many of us with VR gear already at home are in a good position to take advantage of Remote Collaboration. However, we may need to connect with colleagues and partners not already in the VR loop. If you’re just getting started with VR – or need to get someone else started – it doesn’t get more affordable than a Google Cardboard.

And when we mean affordable, we’re not exaggerating. Some models can be had for under $6 USD. Granted, these ‘headsets’ are little more than stereoscopic lenses inside a cardboard frame. But for a brief connection experience that’s all they need to be, particularly if it’s your first product. 


Remote Collaboration Going Forward

Working from home is good for the environment while removing the stress (and expense) of commuting from your workday. Virus or no-virus, adapting company policies, tech, and personal lifestyles to a balance of working from home and commuting or traveling would bring a literal breath of fresh air to our world.

If you’re on the fence about adopting Remote Collaboration as a business solution, consider a few factors. We can’t be sure how long the current Coronavirus pandemic will continue. But we do know it’s important to both mitigate pending economic problems now and continue to address the environmental impact of commuting down the road. We all have to start doing things differently in general and remote collaboration is one of many solutions we need. 

If you are interested in learning how this technology can be deployed in your own business, get in touch with our specialists at Craytive. We are more than happy to guide you to a workable solution. 



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