How immersive technology can help us better connect with one another in the #COVID19 age.
“Even in times of global pandemic, no one has to be alone. COVID-19 has forced us apart, but technology makes it possible for us to work, learn, and interact with one another, while remaining physically distant.”
That was the motivation that brought together a group of XR industry professionals and influencers (myself included) to collate and share the resources needed to help more people take advantage of XR collaboration tools, right when they are needed the most.
The “Global Resource Guide to XR Collaboration” is a comprehensive guide to using Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) collaboration platforms for business and education.
“XR Collaboration tools are emerging as viable alternatives — not to replace current video conferencing, but to augment through spatial understanding. By sharing fully-immersive spaces with others, we begin to bridge the physical gap opening up a whole new world of communication possibilities.”
Produced by the XR Ignite and assembled by coalition members from technology companies and associations – including AREA, AWE, Deutsche Telekom, Cleanbox, MetaVRse, Qualcomm Technologies, VR/AR Association and XR Bootcamp – the guide and website are meant to become a one-stop-shop for all your XR collaboration questions and needs.
From technical terms to hardware and the right platforms to meet your specific needs, the guide should serve as a primer for newbies and a refresher for jaded pros. But just as much as this is about collaboration, the guide itself was (and will continue to be) very much a collaborative effort, so make sure to sign up for updates and send your feedback via @XRCollaboration
And to end on a specially positive note as we head into a very strange Easter weekend…
“We are all in this together, and we will continue to thrive, no matter what the future holds. Stay safe and productive, and remember: it is the personal connections we make each day that make us human. So let’s put this technology to use to bring us together like never before.”
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Alice Bonasio is a XR and Digital Transformation Consultant and Tech Trends’ Editor in Chief. She also regularly writes for Fast Company, Ars Technica, Quartz, Wired and others. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow @alicebonasio on Twitter.