Enhancing mobile work and productivity with virtual reality

As people work from home, new opportunities and challenges arise around mobile office work. On one hand, people may have flexible work hours and may not need to deal with traffic or long commutes. On the other hand, they may need to work at makeshift spaces, with less-than-optimal working conditions while physically separated from co-workers. 

Virtual reality (VR) has the potential to change the way we work, whether from home or at the office, and help address some of these new challenges. We envision the future office worker to be able to work productively everywhere, solely using portable standard input devices and immersive head-mounted displays. VR has the potential to enable this by allowing users to create working environments of their choice and by relieving them of physical limitations, such as constrained space or noisy environments. 

In this webinar, Microsoft Researcher Eyal Ofek presents a summary of research investigating opportunities and challenges for realizing a mobile VR office environment. In particular, you’ll learn how VR can be mixed with standard off-the-shelf equipment (such as tablets, laptops, or desktops) to enable effective, efficient, and ergonomic mobile knowledge work. 

Together, we’ll explore: 

  • The unique needs of developing immersive applications for productivity. 
  • Ways in which non-physical virtual workspaces can make work more efficient. 
  • How to adapt virtual workspaces to the physical environment. 

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*This on-demand webinar features a previously recorded Q&A session and open captioning. 

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Eyal Ofek
Microsoft Research