The coming age of digital immersion drives the global market for virtual and augmented reality. Fast-paced and fast-growing industries, every sector and major company is jumping on the AR/VR bandwagon, determined to bring the consumer world bigger, better opportunities. As such, it comes as no surprise that the latest industry reports estimate enormous successes in the coming years. The international market for virtual realities was recently valued at USD 1.37 Billion but is expected to grow exponentially to reach a projected value of USD 33.90 Billion in six short years. If that doesn’t put the growing trends of VR technology in perspective, we aren’t sure what will.
Now, apart from the now conventional uses of virtual reality such as gaming, entertainment and stimulation, the industry is veering towards business development and accessibility.
Applications based on Collaborative Virtual Environments are rapidly increasing in number. But, the question arises, what are CVE’s, how do they work and how they are beneficial to the occupational world.
What Is CVE and How Does It Work?
CVE or Collaborative Virtual Environments, are, as the name suggests, common virtual reality systems which aim to integrate multiple individuals in a shared space despite significant geographical distances.
Computer generated, a CVE is more or less an extension of a highly integrated virtual environment that exists for the explicit exchange of ideas in a cooperative setting to boost the potential of support to a wide range of industry needs. Collaborative environments such as this help combine the participants as well as the information they possess in a unique display. They are either immersive CVE’s or non-immersive ones, better known as desktop collaborative virtual environments.
Applications that provide collaborative virtual environments are designed in ways that support shared work. With user-friendly interfaces, immersive or non-immersive CVE systems are made to consider explicitly the tasks intended by the consumer.
All effective CVE’s take into consideration the features of cooperative activities in order to harness the maximum potential of a virtual workspace. Special attention is given to the inclusion of appropriate communication tools, appropriately designed landscapes for collaborative work to occur during multi-person usage but also on the appropriate display and transfer of information.
For every virtual collaborative workspace some form of a data consistency model needs to be utilized in order to keep track of the data transferred between participants. The entirety of the CVE’s architecture mainly influences the programming of the collaborative application itself and its performance.
Some of the most frequently utilized data consistently models that are commonly used in various collaborative virtual environment applications include but are not limited to:
- Active Replication Model
- Data Ownership
- Distributed Primaries Model
- Centralized Primaries Model
The Business Potential of Collaborative Virtual Environment
Since the introduction of this industry to the world, the major focus has largely been on games and gaming experiences based on VR and/or AR. The obsession with providing a fully immersive and interactive gaming environment had taken away from the endless possibilities of virtual reality. Not anymore, though.
VR development is an industry with unlimited potential that remains untapped. A three-dimensional, hybrid reality that is created by VR collaboration has the ability to affect every single industry, sector, and business on a global scale.
VR is, nowadays, on a journey to move this industry beyond the sensationalism of gaming in order to create a definite niche in a multitude of sectors, including business enterprise and retail.
Collaborative virtual environments are slowly but surely proving to be a godsend invention for the business world with endless possibilities. A collaborative virtual environment when used for work purposes can catapult businesses, events and individuals straight into a highly interactive virtual realm that is extremely efficient and beneficial for all participants. Here are some of the factors that help outline the obvious business potential of CVE’s.
Flexible, Global Workforce
A collaborative virtual environment allows improved communication and workspace collaboration irrespective of the geographical distances between working teams. Globally spread multi-person teams can work together in one completely immersive virtual environment to tackle the various business ups and downs with greater autonomy and flexibility.
With coordination and communication as simple as strapping on a headset, employers and employees both, have the independence to decide when, where, and how they complete their work tasks boosting overall productivity.
Essential Training Tool
Virtual reality and collaborative virtual environments are becoming increasingly popular as training tools. By allowing easy access to training experiences and effective virtual facilities, CVE’s make it significantly easier for businesses and of course other sectors, to evolve with, adopt and implement the changing trends in the industry. Employees from even the most remote places can easily be provided the same work environment as one within easy reach of a bustling metropolis. Virtually collaborative environments can and do enhance training experiences to resemble closely and prepare for real life circumstances.
A Clearer, Focused Workspace
Collaborative virtual environments in hybrid realities are conducive to employee productivity and better, focused workflow because they are designed to immerse the working teams in environments that match their preferences. These collaborative virtual workspaces not only limit the distractions that are a regular part of the modern workforce but also eliminates the latency between a job done and its feedback. In a 3D space for meetings or events, there are no ringing phones, banging keyboards, or conversation murmurs, nor are there any lag time periods where an employee sits twiddling thumbs waiting for client or employer’s approval resulting in a far clearer and focused workforce.
Sharp Decline in Overhead Costs and Ultimate Rise in Profits
One of the biggest potentials of collaborative virtual environments for the business industry is perhaps the extreme reduction in overhead expenses. Struggling with a universal issue of limited resources, the entire global business workforce is forever searching for ways to cut expenses. CVE’s eliminate the endless travel costs as well as save time and opportunity on flights and jet-lagged work performances. What’s more, they also negate the need for office real estates. With collaborative virtual workspaces, there’s hardly a need for physical offices, especially when one can easily work from whatever corner of the world they fancy. This cuts out the office space rental or purchase costs as well as all the other various overheads, saving the company thousands of dollars that can just as well be invested elsewhere.
Why should one travel all the way to a few countries to approve or disapprove a product prototype when it can just as well be done via VR while sitting in your office for the day?
How Can AppReal-VR Help?
Immersed in a highly competitive commerce environment, businesses and business owners are forever on the look-out for solutions to grow and succeed. In a technological era, the fact that every trader is attempting to leverage the vast potential of virtual reality to better their business prospects is no shocker. However, it is those who still choose to remain on the sidelines, shying away from the industry advances that surprise us.
VR technologies have the capacity to transform the very future of the business industry in ways that are beneficial to the supplies as well as the consumer. However, this transformation is largely dependent on the successful development of highly integrated 3D virtual workspaces which require very advanced programming expertise. The complexity of the programming language and the dynamics of the collaborative virtual environment are critical to the effectiveness of the CVE.
AppReal-VR, a mobile application and VR development firm with a highly proficient team of professionals, can help you and your business be a part of that transformative future. By integrating virtual reality and collaborative virtual environments to maximize your ventures growth potential in these hi-tech times, the AppReal production department, with in-house experts in speech recognition, VR game development, app development, image processing and design art provide custom built CVE’s and VR solutions for you and your collaborators.