Published by: David Fralinger
Reality Sucks. But virtual reality—now we’re talking.
Virtual reality may seem like the stuff left to science geniuses, but in fact these technologies are just around the corner. As larger aspects of our lives are experienced in digital environments, the line between the digital and physical world has already started to blur. In many ways, the digital workplace can be seen as a type of virtual reality. Online environments are quickly replacing the traditional idea of a physical office full of nine-to-five workers. With today’s technology, employees can work from varying locations and with multiple devices.
Damian Sinay thinks the digital and physical worlds will continue to merge together. He is a Microsoft MVP in Dynamics CRM development; many of his projects relate to the implementation, architecture and development of customizations and integrations for products such as Microsoft TFS, SharePoint and Dynamics SL. He sees the digital workplace as a collection of virtual tools and resources that facilitate collaboration and increase productivity.
“[In the future] I see an increase in the use of digital tools, for example the Microsoft HoloLens and other hologram/virtual reality devices being developed. These tools will be more necessary and usable.”
Sinay points to the Microsoft HoloLens as a technology that will introduce augmented reality to the way we work. The HoloLens has already made a huge impact in the world of medical education. For example, students using the device can navigate through three-dimensional representations of the human body to better learn its anatomy. Choosing medical students as a test market for the application was no coincidence. Augmented reality and wearable computers have great potential use in medical operating rooms.
Besides healthcare, nearly every industry has the possibility to be revolutionized by augmented reality technologies. It’s easy to imagine how manufacturing, architecture, shipping or construction businesses can utilize the technology, but its applications can go far beyond these sectors as well.
Augmented reality may mark the end of the dwindling need for a “business trip.” Workers of the future may attend whole virtual conferences with hundreds or thousands of attendees from all over the world.
In ten years time, will we need to leave our homes for anything? We are already able to shop online, work from home and stream entertainment. An increasing number of people are choosing to take advantage of these remote options.
We all love these alternatives because they are easy and efficient since they reduce travel time, eliminate waiting in lines and put an end to searching for store items. Virtual reality has the ability to bring the convenience of the digital world to our actual physical world. Because who wants waste precious time?—Now you don’t need to.
About Damian Sinay:
Damian Sinay has more than 15 years of experience in the software development and IT industry. He started working with the .NET framework when its first Version 1.0 was in the beta stage. He is a Microsoft MVP in Dynamics CRM development. He runs his own consulting firm, Remoting Coders, a Microsoft Partner Company specialized in Dynamics CRM, SharePoint, Team Foundation Server implementations and customizations as well as custom development in .NET and C# in general. He has previously authored CRM 2011 Unleashed, CRM 4.0 Unleashed, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting and Business Intelligence. Damian, his wife Carina, and his kids Enzo, Ian and Axel live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His website is www.remotingcoders.com and he can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org