If you were to read 1920’s telephone advertisements, it would sound very familiar to what we’re hearing about virtual reality now. “Aladdin’s lamp transported its owner from place to place in the twinkling of an eye. That was thousands of years ago - and the lamp was only a myth. But so wonderful that the story has endured to this day.”
Despite being marketed just as a business tool at its inception in 1876, the telephone reached mainstream consumers within just a few decades. In the 1920’s, the telephone took a sudden change of direction - it was sold as a device made to connect people. Thoughts and vocal characteristics of humans were literally transported via electrical current. We wouldn’t see another revolutionary step forward in communications until the invention of the internet.
Fast-forward to the 2010’s, where we’ve finally seen the first generation of practical and affordable virtual reality technology. Through it we’re able to digitally transport people to any environment we can build and render in real-time. It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you have a decent internet connection. The ability to interact remotely within the digital presence of others is a now a reality.
One of the great benefits of developing software for productivity, has been the ability to constantly be using that software while developing it. At Doghead Simulations, we meet inside of our VR collaboration software, rumii, on almost a daily basis. Any bugs or shortfalls of our own software immediately become obvious, because after all, we are using rumii to develop rumii. As the saying goes, “We’re eating our own dog food.”
Working remotely has immediate benefits of eliminating a lot of the exhausting travel that can take a toll on your physical and mental health. By replacing cross-country and international business meetings with virtual meetings, companies also going to save a lot of business expenses. Because of this, most will likely think about all of the travel they can eliminate when they’re able to effectively work remotely. While this might be true, there’s actually a lot of freedom to travel and living abroad when you’re able to eliminate travel for work. After you’ve freed yourself from the need to work in one particular location, start considering where in the world you’d want to work. As long as you can find a decent internet connection, the world is yours.