Virtual Reality allows you to physically interact, navigate, and communicate within the 3D space. Compared to other methods of online communication this is BY FAR the closest to feeling like you are in the same room with your team. Hand gestures and tones give your Virtual avatar a personal touch, and depending on which platform you are using (common ones include Engage, RUMII, VR Chat, and Spatial.io) this allows you to interact with 2D/3D content that is brought to the meeting using a variety of drawing tools or virtual sticky notes.
Limited real-world distractions
By using a VR headset you are isolating yourself from the real-world. This limits the number of external distractions you may face traditionally working from home as your eyes can’t drift from the computer screen. We found this helpful as it improved the continuous engagement of our team members during our meetings.
Sharing 3D content
As I briefly mentioned above the ability to discuss/interact with 3D content within a scene is a great way for our team to express their opinions. Our team was able to analyze, discuss, and show through virtual drawing tools how each model should be altered to reach our final design. This speeds up the process of design as our current process of sharing 3D files for approval can lead to miscommunication and a lot of back and forth emails or phone calls.
Looking back on the virtual reality meeting experience
Overall the experience was super positive from the beginning, and as we continue to utilize these tools our meetings will become more efficient. The social interaction keeps our team connected, and being able to share documents/3D models within the spaces keeps us on track with our projects. We will continue to meet in Virtual Reality, and I encourage anyone reading this to explore Virtual Reality meetings as an option for their company as soon as possible.