Starting 2017 with Virtual Reality and Launch Parties

Last week was our real kick off week for 2017. Not that we didn’t start working until the 16th but our COO, Lily Snyder came into town for some good, old-fashioned in person work. 2017 is going to be a great year for Doghead because our team is more dedicated than ever, we’re hustlin’ hard, and have some pretty cool features to show off in our Early Access of rumii.

Last Thursday night we went to the Fresh Toast launch party at Coterie Worklounge in Seattle. The event was celebrating Fresh Toast’s success being funded and going live. We were asked to provide entertainment for the event in form of virtual reality. Our friends at Cowboy Arms Collective gave us some game demos for people to play.

While we love showing our VR software, rumii, it was a nice change of pace to show people VR games. For many of the party goers, this was their first experience with virtual reality. It was a kind of special honor that we were able to experience it with them. We had people (who hadn’t played a video game since Mario Kart) tell us how addictive the game felt. Some people exclaimed that they “totally checked out on a different reality” and that was only after a few minutes in VR!

We couldn’t help but think what this feeling will bring to business meetings. Will people actually want to schedule meetings instead of doing anything possible to avoid them? Will they feel the same emotions with smiles on their faces as they interact with their colleagues in VR? We couldn’t help but think they will.

The perception for a meeting currently, is sitting on a phone call, while a person on the other end shares their screen. You may come off of mute a time or two. You may take some notes. But at the end, many feel that their time was wasted. That what was talked about in the meeting could have been sent in an email. For remote workers, VR will change the perception of what a “meeting” means. Meetings will become spaces of time filled with energy, action, and engagement. Just like the power of standing for a Daily Meeting, VR will encourage its participants to stand, forcing involvement without negative connotation. We look forward to the day when VR is mainstream among businesses so that we can all have fun, engaging conversations about our projects, assignments, and goals.

Do you agree? Make sure to check out our Early Access Program to see the future of remote team meetings. 

*rumii runs on Windows, Mac, and VR