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Google Daydreams about VR, and enterprises take note

Sharon Gaudin | May 20, 2016
As virtual reality advances, enterprises will find uses for it, starting with training and retail.

Dinesh Ganesan, a consultant with Octo Consulting Group, which works with government agencies, said his clients haven't asked him about virtual reality, but he will be talking to them about it.

"They talked about a conference meeting. You want to have a real experience. We can talk from a remote [place], but we can feel like we're standing next to each other," he told Computerworld. "Maybe use this for training. They can build a simulator with a VR experience."

Using virtual reality in areas such as corporate training or to teach workers how to use machinery, will be a big asset, even though VR is a consumer-first technology, Blau said.

"Instead of flying somebody out to train them on a complex piece of equipment, have them use it virtually first," Blau said. "It cuts the time they have to be onsite. You could increase the amount of people you can train because you're training them 75% or 80% on virtual reality and 20% on actually being there."

He also said VR could quickly be inserted into businesses like Airbnb, a website for list, finding and renting accommodations.

"If you're on Airbnb and you're trying to rent a house for a $1,000 a week, somebody could do a VR walk-through of your house that's more realistic than a 3D walk-through on a PC," Moorhead said. "We're two years from 10% of businesses using VR, five years from probably 40% or 50%. They're going to see the cost savings. There will be a new bar in customer service. People will have bigger expectations."

 

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