- On Thursday, HTC VIVE's virtual reality company announced its new headset called Vive Focus, which focuses on businesses.
- Although the CoR was used predominantly for gaming, it grew rapidly for business.
- It can be used for business co-operation, training and education, such as teaching students about sleep apnea, showing car designers, repairing and prototyping a car, and making remote appointments in 3D virtual space.
When I put on a white headset and adjusted it to match my head, I found myself in the hospital room. One doctor leaned over a sleeping patient who had a device for pumping air while another was preparing the tools. I felt like I was on the episode "Gray's Anatomy".
Suddenly, a floating robot head appeared, explaining that we were learning how to identify and treat sleep apnea. He led me to the patient's nose, and before I knew it, I jumped into my nose!
This was a simulation from SimforHealth, a French company that creates simulations of virtual reality for medical students and pharmaceutical companies. This simulation is intended to teach medical students about sleep apnea, leading students inside the virtual nose, to show what happens to patients when they sleep. On this simulation, the inside of my nose looked like a pulsing red cave, with long, thin spikes protruding from the walls – the nasal hair, I suppose.
Although virtual reality is typically associated with consumers, such as video games, technology is increasingly being adopted for use in professional environments. The CoR and the expanded reality are plans to grow to $ 162 billion by 2020, and other products focus on enterprise use.
On Thursday, the VR HTC VIVE announced its Vive Focus, an all-in-one headset that includes storage space, built-in speakers, and more. It is business-focused and can be used to simulate education and training, including NASA and hospitals.
What is important for this hardware is that it is much easier and more portable to customers, says Dan O'Brien, CEO of Americas at HTC VIVE. Other VRs that can only be used by developers may require expensive hardware and require users to stay in one place.
The options are endless, says O'Brien. It could be used for surgical and medical training as if doctors could work together to perform virtual surgery. This can even be used for automotive design, where employees can prototype and design cars in the CoR or even learn to repair cars. Innoactive, the German company software company VR, has worked with Volkswagen to create a training scenario for workers to learn how to build a car in a factory.
"The directors understand that they can save time and money," O'Brien said. "Their designers do not have to fly to Germany to meet in one room and talk about design, they can go to the CoR's design room and work there."
CoR can also be used to collaborate on coding. Primitive, which develops software development visualization, has created a code scan application. When I tried this simulation, I was taken to a dark space with floating lines of code linked by a laser web – a scene almost from the "Matrix".
She showed me how the various code files were connected, and thanks to the laser pointer I could pull out the whole floating code page in front of my eyes. With this application, developers can work together to control the code, the circle of parts they want to highlight and copy using open source projects.
"It was quite fascinating because I was not a software programmer myself," said O Brien. "It's also about efficiency. When I was sitting and watching how five developers got into the space, they had intense code talks."
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In addition, VIVE also launched a custom worker collaboration tool that was created specifically for VIVE Sync. This can be used to help employees collaborate in virtual space, especially when working remotely. Every employee's avatar can share ideas, present presentations, import images, view videos, and more in virtual 3D space.
In the coming months, Vive plans to run the developer kits to be added to the headset, so developers can create their own VR applications. Although the buzz around the VR has disappeared, O Brien believes the CoR will have a huge growth in business space.
"We see that this is a really fast growth," said O'Brien. "We have seen that CoR consumption has grown at a healthy pace, and now the company is growing faster than the consumer."
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