A blog by Peter Ford at Masters of Pie

Meet me on the other side (Virtual meetings)

Peter Ford, Master of UX at AREA member Masters of Pie, writes about whether we’re missing anything now that we no longer have face to face meetings and if so, can we use immersive technology to help get some of it back?

Meetings… loved and hated in equal parts. Some people seem to live for meetings and others to avoid them. Love them or hate them, they are not going away anytime soon, despite the current lockdowns and restrictions. They have just migrated into virtual meetings.

It turns out that we are missing out on a lot of unspoken interactions in today’s virtual settings. The list looks something like this:

  • Facial expressions
  • Gestures
  • Paralinguistics
  • Body language and posture
  • Proxemics
  • Eye gaze
  • Haptics
  • Appearance
  • Artefacts

Some of these do translate to virtual video conferencing.

The power of face to face communcation is where the world of virtual immersive meetings comes into play, though it opens up design challenges as well as opportunities.

The author discusses these in the full blog, including the benefits and drawbacks of the hardware, software and usability:

“We believe that our Radical software solution offers better and more engaging solutions for users to interact with enterprise data sets. Immersive allows our customers to do things that they simply cannot do in the real world.”

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