Developing technology that enables us to share information in a hologram and interact with lifelike avatars is predicted to transform remote working.
As the general workforce becomes increasingly dispersed, emerging virtual communication technologies using avatars, 3D holographic images, VR and AR is set to re-unify it.
Spatial is a new virtual communication app that uses the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset and allows workers – using avatars or holographic shapes of themselves – to participate in meetings together even when based in different locations.
Teams, using VR and AR, are able to see and interact with 3D images of projects they are working on, and drag and share information such as text and images from devices into a real-time shared holographic space.
Manufacturing and offshore oil and gas firms have been early adopters of technology that uses AR and VR to teleport expert knowledge to locations where it is needed.
Using mixed reality headsets, senior BT field engineers and the University of Essex ran a trial that involved remotely viewing and advising junior colleagues in different engineering tasks providing expertise and reducing response times. Professor Hani Hagras suggested that eventually, a junior engineer could be guided by an artificial intelligence-powered avatar instead of a real-life colleague.
Immerse, a virtual experience platform, with DHL and Shell has created a virtual world where new employees can experience hands-on training in critical situations remotely, creating cost savings and performance tracking benefits.
In the future, sensor-captured data of a person’s body language and facial expressions can be fed into machine learning algorithms to create accurate and lifelike AI-powered holograms, and a consumer trends report by Ericsson found that many respondents expect mixed reality and a full sensory experience in the future.
Advancing technology in the cloud, 5G, AI, interconnectivity, sensors and faster processing means that virtual communication technologies are developing more quickly now than ever before.