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WorldViz eyes enterprise VR as the next step in collaboration

Matthew Finnegan | Sept. 28, 2017
The company’s Vizible content creation and presentation tool is like ‘PowerPoint and GoToMeeting for VR,’ says CEOAndy Beall.

“It also allows sales people to bring a headset or headsets with them and to show their customers in VR exactly what they're selling, be it an airplane, a building or any kind of high-detail device that might benefit from the buyer being able to experience greater immersion,” he said.

VR is already being used “extensively” in enterprise settings, Sag said. “In fact, many of the new developments that are going on in VR right now are aimed at the enterprise market.”

Because many companies see the business benefits of deploying VR, they’re willing to absorb expenses associated with the technology “in order to reduce development times and costs. 

“Lots of prototyping is being done in VR now with faster iteration because the designers and engineers can see their designs at scale without having to build a single physical object,” he added. 

A number of other companies are investing in VR and augmented reality for enterprise collaboration. Microsoft’s “mixed reality” HoloLens is aimed at business collaboration, with Ford testing out the technology to speed the vehicle design process with engineers across the globe.  

Cisco has also introduced Spark in VR, which provides a way to collaborate with coworkers and interact with documents and whiteboards. Meanwhile, Slack and social VR platform Altspace announced an integration last year that allows users to connect in a virtual environment.

While Vizible is initially targeted for use by sales teams working with clients, Beall said it can also be used for internal collaboration or training.

“You can make a presentation that walks you through a user's manual, or guides you through a maintenance procedure, or even an HR personnel training course,” he said. “It can certainly be used for many equal purposes – [such as] training, design review, team collaboration.” 

While the technology and content are still evolving and maturing, Beall sees big potential for connecting workers. “My vision for this is that the headset can be the phone of the future. Five or 10 years from now it is going to be the collaboration tool.” 

Vizible, is set to be launched in October and is still available in beta. It will be sold on a subscription basis, at a cost of $250 per user per month.

 

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