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Online Training Continues to Grow as TelecommuteX Offers VR Solution to Middle East-based Enterprises

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Several industries are witnessing a dynamic shift to various online platforms lately, owing to the current lockdown scenario. Copious organizations, schools and other educational institutions find the need to connect remotely, be it for meetings, lectures or even brainstorming sessions. As a result, there are enormous demands for web conferencing services, cross-platform messaging, file-sharing etc.

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A Digital Shift Becomes Indispensable

The future is an unpredictable chapter of time. Unforeseeable situations like mandatory work from home policies make telecommuting or remote working indispensable. Thus, the dependence on web-conferencing apps has sky-rocketed.

An eye-opening survey talks about a whopping 70% of organizations having shifted to online methods of recruitment, demanding the processes to be undertaken through a digital lens.

Video conferencing is a pivotal aspect of remote work. However, it poses quite a few challenges:

Throwing Light on the 4 Critical Shortcomings  of Conventional Video Conferencing Applications

1.  Efficient Collaboration Goes for a Toss

Video conferencing is rather static and prevents effective brainstorming, strategizing and collaboration. Mundane screen sharing sessions aren’t going to suffice your complicated project requirements.

This is due to the absence of vital elements like having tea breaks with co-workers, face-to-face mentorship sessions, quick all-team meets and live presentations. As a result, your team is deprived of the entire feel of being present in a healthy, active environment with proactive co-workers.

2.  Boredom is Inevitable

Well, let’s face it: Web conferencing is very similar to watching a video, and boredom is bound to creep in. As a result, employees begin to swim in monotonicity, and the creative juices take a huge hit. Moreover, boredom is also a massive productivity killer.

3.  Motivation Levels Take a Massive Hit

Standard conferencing solutions foster a non-engaging work atmosphere which generally results in motivation dips. Therefore, employees lack the drive to go above and beyond to add significant value to your organization.

4.  The Dark Cloud of Loneliness

Perhaps the biggest con of video conferencing is a feeling of loneliness and being shut out. The social dimension is non-existent, and employees no longer have that unique connection with each other.

Think about it: how would your employees feel if they were to stare at a computer screen all day and indulge in no real instances of socializing?

Well, to maintain peak levels of productivity, there has got to be another more interactive and engaging solution to remote working.

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4 Ways Immersive Telecommuting Truly Transforms Remote Working

The action-packed sci-fi novel Ready Player One featured a VR game setting and took the technology world by storm. Fast forward to the present, and here we are: witnessing Virtual Reality taking shape, and this is something beyond just emails, or excel sheets! It’s about creating a virtual space altogether, with customized features tailored to cater to individual requirements of specific industries.

In essence, the central idea is to eliminate feelings of detachedness and foster positive emotions by transforming the mundane remote work atmosphere into a social experience.

1.  Powerful Virtual Capabilities Foster an Immersive Atmosphere

Topped with ultra-real avatars, immersive collaboration platforms impart a state-of-the-art immersive experience that makes employees feel they are “in” a conference room amidst “real” people.

The immersive near realistic environment essentially teleports you where you can present, chat, brainstorm and pitch great ideas. Participants feel immersed and witness an enthralling experience that fosters positive emotions like unity and peace.

For people who derive energy from everyday conversations and an interpersonal connect, an immersive remote work environment proves to be highly beneficial. It effectively mirrors an office setup, and thereby, corporates would witness an increase in productivity, creativity and inner peace.

2.  Ideal Platform for Real-Time & Efficient Collaboration

Ideally, immersive telecommuting is easy to set up as your employees can use simple computers and laptops with standard configurations to enter a virtual space where other real people can join. Here, they can now present or demonstrate ideas, and collaborate effectively.

Also, there’s a wide variety of tools that add more versatility to collaboration, instead of only relying on typical slides and emails.

3.  Vitalizes Productivity Levels

Socializing opportunities and enhanced collaboration lead to higher levels of productivity. As a result, despite mandatory remote working conditions, immersive telecommuting helps your employees maintain peak levels of performance and morale.

4.  Streamlines Operational Efficiency Everywhere

An immersive end to end virtual solution eliminates unnecessary recurring email chains and incomplete knowledge transfer loops. An immersive remote working platform helps your organization streamline project planning, and expedite other work processes. The result is generating better returns out of your most precious resource – time.

Moreover, immersive telecommuting also reduces your carbon footprint, thereby making your enterprise eco-friendly.

Throwing light on how an immersive platform is a game-changer for the entire remote working industry, here’s David Whelan, Founder, Immersive VR Education:

“The world has changed much faster than anyone has expected over the past 6 months. Companies, Schools, Colleges and Enterprises around the world have all been shut down and now have to find new ways to communicate and collaborate remotely. Many are now finding the limits of what video-based communications can offer and are seeking better alternatives. The ENGAGE platform brings remote communications and collaboration to the next level and we are delighted to be working with Dr. Sana and her team at TelecommuteX to deliver this service to customers in the middle east.”

Additionally, David also highlighted the impact that immersive telecommuting would have on organizations from a social interaction perspective:

“Using Immersive technologies is a game-changer for connecting people just as the telephone was over a hundred years ago. The telephone allowed you to talk to somebody on the other side of the world. VR/AR allows you to be with somebody from the other side of the world without the need to step outside your door. My development team has been under lockdown for the past 3 months and we hold all our daily standups and meetings inside ENGAGE virtually and it makes a world of difference for productivity replacing the need for endless video calls and emails. It is much easier to simply meet virtually, draw on a virtual whiteboard and present your ideas in a virtual meeting room.  Using immersive technologies will become second nature soon as people will be less inclined to travel so readily for business meetings as they get used to working from home in these challenging times.”

To summarize, immersive telecommuting makes remote collaborations and virtual meetings avenues of socializing amidst productivity. Consequently, it’s the perfect alternative to conventional video conferencing applications.

Therefore, an immersive virtual space is the futuristic core of the ideal remote working platform; such as TelecommuteX (created in collaboration between Munfarid and Engage) – seamlessly infusing the concept of immersive telecommuting into your business ecosystem.

Pondering on how immersive telecommuting will streamline the average remote worker’s routine, here’s Evan Kristel, renowned technology influencer and Chief Digital Evangelist at eViRa Health:

“Prolonged sessions of remote working definitely takes a toll on employees’ mental health. Immersive telecommuting introduces the much needed social sphere that fills up possible voids of loneliness and apathy in the lives of your workforce. As a result, the average remote worker’s day is much brighter and “normal” with an ample amount of socializing opportunities.”

Evan also had an interesting take on the rapidly evolving technological era we are witnessing:

“It’s amazing how technologies have drastically evolved to help us thrive and not just survive in challenging times. Revolutionary technologies plant seeds of hope and positivity for the future of humankind. It’s our duty to embrace these technologies and ensure their widespread adoption & usage.”

Virtual Conferences are Steadily Gaining Traction

As concern over COVID-19 sets in, in addition to telecommuting, virtual conferences have also gained momentum. Known to strengthen professional relationships in both academia and business, conferences have always proved to be a platform for the exchange of ideas, nurturing upcoming entrepreneurs, thereby working towards the greater good. One such example is the IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR) that announced an all-virtual venue change.

The Ultimate Solution is Virtual Immersive Collaboration

Striking a healthy balance between the positives of both work from home and working on-site, virtual immersive collaboration proves to be the future of connectivity. Sectors like Logistics, Information and Communication Technology, Education, Food supply and a lot more are adopting immersive telecommuting.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/06/telecommutex-is-bringing-vr-training-to-mena-based-enterprises/

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Budget Cuts PSVR Delayed Again, Now Coming September With A Brand New Level

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Originally due for release this past May, the PSVR version of Budget Cuts just suffered another delay.

Neat Corp’s original VR stealth game has been a long time coming for Sony’s console. In March, we reported the game would arrive the following May but, a few days into that month Neat delayed it to July 10th. At the time the developer cited complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the push back. Now, with a week to go before that new date, the game’s been delayed again, this time to September 25.

Budget Cuts Panopticon

But it’s not all bad news; the PSVR version of the game will also sport a new level named the Panopticon. In this newly-designed map (seen above), the player has a clear goal to reach, but a variety of ways to get there. “We wanted to encourage the player to pave their own path forward, either through brute force and action or through stealth and sneaking their way around in order to reach the center of the level,” designer Olle Axelsson wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

It’s a shame to see the game delayed again, but at least there’s a little extra content to sweet the deal. No word yet on if Neat will also bring last year’s sequel, Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency, to PSVR, nor if a Quest port could be on the cards after a PSVR release, but fingers crossed. Meanwhile, Neat also continues to deliver updates for its Early Access VR title, Garden of the Sea.

Source: https://uploadvr.com/budget-cuts-psvr-delayed-again-now-coming-september-with-a-brand-new-level/

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Iron Man VR Launch Day Livestream: Watch Us Suit Up On PSVR!

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For today’s livestream we’re diving into Iron Man VR, the newly released PSVR-exclusive superhero action game from Camouflaj and Sony. If you’re curious about how we livestream the way we do then look no further than this handy guide for general tips and this guide specific to our Oculus Quest setup.


Our review went live for Iron Man VR yesterday and I called it “an absolute triumph” of a VR game. It takes a while to get used to the controls and everything, but once you do, it’s absolutely liberating to lift off as Tony Stark in the iconic armor and take to the skies. There are lots of weapons to pick from and it packs a satisfying 8-hour campaign.

The stream is planned to start at about 11:00 AM PT and will last for around two hours. We’ll be hitting just our YouTube and I’ll be donning the suit in a fresh game, starting from scratch. By this time next week I hope to have completed my second complete playthrough from start to finish, live, on our channel! Jamie and/or Zeena will likely join to hang out and help out with chat.

You can see the full Iron Man VR stream embedded via YouTube right here down below once it’s up:

You can see lots of our past archived streams over in our YouTube playlist or even all livestreams here on UploadVR and various other gameplay highlights. There’s lots of good stuff there so make sure and subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up-to-date on gameplay videos, video reviews, live talk shows, interviews, and more original content!

And please let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next! We have lots of VR games in the queue that we would love to show off more completely.

Source: https://uploadvr.com/iron-man-vr-launch-day-livestream/

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In-VR Interview: Matt Hall On Developing Shooty Skies Overdrive

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This week, we sat down to chat with Matt Hall, the co-creator of Crossy Roads and part of the development team, alongside Mighty Games, of the new VR title Shooty Skies Overdrive.

Shooty Skies Overdrive launched for Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift this week, and if you read our review, you’ll know that we quite enjoyed our time with the game. Earlier this week, I sat down with Matt Hall to talk about the development of his new VR wave shooter.

Hall was an original DK1 backer and created a small VR game many years ago called Discovery. Since then, he’s been waiting for the right time and concept for him and Mighty Games to pull the trigger on something bigger for VR, and Shooty Skies Overdrive was the end result.

The game is a roomscale experience where you’ll be simultaneously dodging and shooting bullets as enemies fly around you, with multiple difficulty settings available. “It plays with scale quite a lot,” said Hall. “So as opposed to Space Pirate Trainer, where you’re shooting things a very long way away, or Robo Recall, everything’s around you. You can reach out and touch and, you know, chop with chainsaws and blow up with yo-yos, all the little crazy aliens that are flying around your head.”

We also talked about how COVID-19 impacted the game, with the team going into lockdown around halfway through the development cycle. The biggest challenge was not necessarily working remotely, but actually distributing and finding headsets for everyone to use while at home.”We certainly weren’t expecting having to share the limited hardware that we had around,” said  Hall, and pointed out that there was added challenge as an Australian-based studio, as headsets like the Valve Index still aren’t available directly to Australian consumers.

In terms of post-launch content, the studio has already begun work on some new modes and features. “We’ve got a 1.1 [patch] coming out. One thing we dropped from the final game was the arcade/high score mode. Quest has an API [with] leaderboards and stuff, so we’re going to integrate with all of that [as well].” Additionally, the team is looking into implementing hand tracking support on the Oculus Quest in a future update as well.

If you haven’t already, you can check out some gameplay footage and read our review of Shooty Skies Overdrive here.

Source: https://uploadvr.com/in-vr-interview-shooty-skies/

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