The more we embrace new kinds of telecommunication media, the more we feel connected to people. And now Virtual Reality (VR) is here. Wearing a VR headset you can visit the most incredible places. Walk the moon, explore the Great Barrier Reef, stand on top of the Mount Everest, you name it. You will feel like you’re actually, physically there. VR is growing and its potential for meetings and events is huge. So how could VR influence your business meetings? What will VR meetings even look like?

More possibilities in a VR meeting

Think about your meetings and your virtual meetings. What a hassle with traveling, video and conference calls, right? With Virtual Reality you could just as easily bring serious business much closer to home. VR meetings have tremendous potential in the meeting industry. In fact, the VR market is expected to grow to $407 million and 25 million users by 2018. This upcoming technology will make its way into your office before you know it!

Just like your favorite video conferencing and collaboration tools, VR meetings might some day save you a lot of time. You’ll have the experience of meeting in person without the hassle of traveling and changing workplaces. You can meet your co-workers through Virtual Reality while working in your living room. Meet in a virtual office that can mimic any place you like, and feel like you’re meeting in person. That sense of presence is a good thing. This might make a conversation much easier. Depending on the content of your meeting, VR meetings could potentially be a great way to communicate in your company or team.

How could VR meetings work for your business?

Co-create on another level

Some businesses have been experimenting with several virtual conferencing centers. VR meetings might not replace video or conference calls, but they do provide other functions that most office collaboration tools don’t offer. You can work together on one document. Create things together. Draw on a virtual wall or table together. You can co-create and interact, so you may have white boards on one wall, and a shared document on another.

Eye contact

Something else that VR meetings will provide that video calls don’t, is eye contact. Participants in a VR meeting will not actually look each other in the eye, but it will seem like that. Some virtual-reality companies are now experimenting with technology that tracks the movement of the eyes. This would allow the goggles to better track user’s’ eye movements and mimic even more realistic eye contact. In video conferencing, by contrast, a participant may think that he or she is making eye contact, but in fact, to the other person they appear to be looking down. If you do want it to look like you’re making eye contact, you’ll have to look into the camera during your video call, but then you wouldn’t see the other person’s’ face. In VR meetings it would feel like you’re looking each other in the eye. This could really make a big difference in communication.

Arm movement

What about arm movement? These movements can support the things you are trying to say, but these cues are often missing in most telecommunication tools. However, they can be incorporated into VR meetings. Some Virtual Reality headsets are able to capture arm and hand movements and make the avatar imitate them. This could really help you communicate better in virtual meetings.

Time saver

VR meetings could save businesses a lot of time. Think about time spent on traveling, setting up tables, chairs, providing drinks, etc. VR meetings could cause a major decline in commuting and you won’t even have to think about setting up an actual room. This could really save you a lot of time and money.

Are you ready for your first VR meeting?

What do you think? How could VR meetings change your business?