- The virtual launch company HTC VIVE announced on Thursday its new handset called Vive Focus, which is dedicated to businesses.
- Although VR is mainly used to play games, it is rapidly growing to benefit the company.
- It can be used for business co-operation, training and education, such as teaching sleep apnea students, showing car designers how to repair and prototype cars, and conducting remote meetings in a 3D virtual space.
As I put on a thick white headphone and set it fitting my head, I found myself in the hospital room. One doctor leaned on the sleeping patient, who had the air carrier on his nose, while the other was preparing the tool. I felt like I was in the episode of Gray Anatomy.
Suddenly a moving robot head appeared, explaining that we would learn how to identify and treat sleep apnea. He led me to the patient's nose, and before I knew it, I jumped into the nostril!
This is a simulation of SimforHealth, a French company that creates a virtual simulation of reality for students of medicine and pharmaceutical corporations. This simulation should teach medical students about sleep apnea, directing students within the virtual nose to show what happens to patients when they sleep. In this simulation, the interior of the nose looked like a pulsating red cave, with the walls of long, thin spikes – I guess the hairs.
While virtual reality typically connects consumers, such as video gaming, technology is increasingly being adopted for use in professional settings. VR and increased reality are designed to grow to $ 162 billion by 2020, and more products are directed to using the company.
HTC Vive announced on Thursday its Vive Focus, all in one handset that includes a warehouse, built-in speakers and more. It is targeted at jobs and can be used to simulate education and training, including NASA and hospitals.
What makes this hardware significant is that it's much simpler and more portable for customers to use, says Dan O'Brien, General Manager of America at HTC VIVE. Other VR headphones that only developers can use can include expensive hardware and require users to stay in one place.
The possibilities for this are endless, says O'Brien. This could be used for surgical and medical training, as if medical students could work together to perform a virtual operation. This can even be used for car design, where employees can prototype and design cars in VR, or even learn to repair cars. Innoactive, a German software company from VR, partnered with Volkswagen to create a training scenario for workers to learn how to build a car in the factory.
"Managers have realized that they can save time and money," said O Brien. "Their designers do not have to fly all the way to Germany to meet in one room and talk about the design, they can go to the VR design room and talk there together."
VR can also be used for code collaboration. Primitive, which creates visualization of software development, has created a code preview application. When I tried this simulation, I was transferred to a dark space with floating lines of code connected to the laser network – a scene almost directly from the "Matrix".
He showed me how different code files were connected, and with my laser pointer, I could pull the entire floating page in front of my eyes. With this application, developers can work together to review the code, surround parts that they want to highlight and dig through open source projects.
"It was quite fascinating, because I was not a software coder," said O'Brien. "It's also efficiency. When I sat and watched the five developers come into space together, they had intense code discussions."
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In addition, VIVE has also launched its own collaboration tool for a workforce built specifically for the company called VIVE Sinc. This can be used to help employees work with each other in a virtual environment, especially when working remotely. Each avatar of an employee can share ideas, display presentations, import pictures, show videos, and even more in 3D virtual space.
In the coming months, Vive plans to launch development programs that will be added to the handsets, so developers can create their own applications for VR. Although VR buzzing has died, O'Brien believes that there will be huge growth for VR in the office space.
"We see it grow at a very fast pace," said O Brien. "We saw how the consumer of VR grows with healthy growth. Now the company grows faster than consumers."
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