Melissa Abramson
AUTHOR: Melissa Abramson
Dec 13, 2019 - 4 min read

Augmented Reality and Team Collaboration: A Recipe For The Future

It is undeniable that businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve the flexibility of their daily functions. Recent advancements in technology have created UC platforms and augmented/virtual reality devices to improve team collaboration. While more businesses have adopted the UC software, not many have adopted the virtual reality device to their workspace. Isn’t it funny how people want development but are hesitant to accept it? We could tell you that augmented reality is new but that would be wrong. Since the early 90’s augmented reality has been existing although, not in the business scene. With its entrance into the business scene, most establishments still don’t understand the power it holds. If you merge the merits of team collaboration with that of the augmented tech, we believe that is the true recipe for the future. Let’s explain.

Technology has improved in the sense of video graphics, videography, artificial intelligence, digital sensors, and others. These improved features have been merged to create the more refined augmented tech of today. It is most pressing that people realize how this new-age digital processor can change the business world.

Here is a list of things augmented technology can do in the workplace.

1. The Ability to Harness Remote Communication.

If you thought that UC totally changed the remote communication game, think again. Augmented reality can place business colleagues like they were sitting side by side despite the fact that they are at different locations. We mean visual presence, everybody on the same table as they were physically present.  This beats video calling. All employees would be seated like in a meeting and represented by an Avatar. Their body gestures would be communicated to the system. 

It doesn’t just end there.  It goes as far as examining new products or concepts virtually.

2. The Potential of Transforming Critical Response Management

As humans, there is a limit to how well and fast we can act in situations. For example, in the case of a hazardous emergency where there is a need to critically analyze the situation and act fast. Augmented reality could be the answer to fast and precise action. Drones could be deployed into the scene to create a representation of the event. With this, an emergency team, despite not being present, can make drastic decisions to handle the situation. With augmented reality, life is relatively easier.

3. Creates the Best Option for Customers to Analyze a Product.

With some companies and the services they offer, customers are constantly in need of test drives before making a final decision. Companies can collaborate with augmented reality in order to create a better and fast test drive experience for their customers. Customers would be able to visually navigate all the features of the product.

This could also be employed in the case of travel tour agencies where customers can get the whole tour experience without moving a single mile.

4. Enhancing Employee Training 

Augmented reality makes things possible. In companies where employee field training is very tasking and technical, AR can simplify the processes by creating an in-depth representation of the training. Also, in the case of a remote expert, AR makes it possible for the expert to offer real-time training with everyone seeing exactly what the expert sees. 

5. Experience Product Design, Prototype, and Development Virtually.

This is the best way a team can come together to create the best possible products. With AR, teams can now examine the creation and development of a product. This means that they would be a part of the process, give feedback and comments on the design. An example of this could be in a car production company, a design company or a manufacturing company. They could get a virtual experience of how the product would best work until the team reaches a satisfactory point.

Final Thoughts

With these analogies, it is now evident how the augmented reality is a great tool that could enhance communication and team collaboration. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more that these two could benefit to a company. With the recent news that Apple and Facebook are about to launch their augmented reality headsets, there is no doubt that augmented reality is about to take the business world by storm.