Working, Learning and Socializing Remotely with VR

March 17 2020


Much of the world has gone into lockdown to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. States of emergency have been declared across the globe.

In line with emergency measures, employers are arranging for their employees to work from home whether they’ve been exposed to the virus or not.

Along with the influx of remote working, more and more people are wondering if virtual reality (VR) could be a solution. Could it really help?

Working Remotely

Well, aside from using VR for training, VR can help facilitate team collaboration and presentations as well as design, creation, and prototyping.

Have a look at Road to VR’s 26 VR Apps for Remote Work, Education, Training, Design Review, and More article. They have tons of app suggestions for VR remote working, including Meet in VR, Spatial, and Sketchbox.

Remote Conferencing

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They also throw a bunch of app recommendations for visualizing and reviewing 3D projects in VR such as VisionXR and NVIDIA Holodeck.

Learning Remotely

On top of everything, schools have been closing around the world. Students are told to stay home rather than interact with groups of people. Even the libraries, recreational centers, and zoos are being closed until COVID-19 is contained.

Students are out of school and are expected to miss weeks, if not months, of classes.

This isn’t the first time that people have wondered if VR could help in education. The answer is yes; it doesn’t just help, but it accelerates learning with immersive experiences.

Aside from Google Expeditions, some more apps are hitting the marketplace. These apps include Engage, which simulates a classroom or presentation environment, and Oxford Medical Simulation. More and more educational VR apps are hitting the marketplace as remote working and education grows in today’s societies.

VR remote classroom

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Socializing Remotely

Lastly, working from home can get lonely. With COVID-19 rife around our cities, we’re not even supposed to visit our friends. Not really.

But, did you know that there are tons of VR social apps out there?

Once again, have a look at Road to VR’s article. They list four really cool social platforms that let you hang out with your friends. Altspace “is the premier place to attend live shows, meetups, cool classes, and more with friendly people from around the world.”

Bigscreen simulates a virtual living room where you can watch movies, play video games, and hang out with your friends.

That’s all for now. Make sure to stay home as much as possible and wash your hands! Our thoughts are with all of the people who are affected by these stressful times.


Melanie Leon

Content Marketer

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