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7 Reasons Why Virtual Reality is a Becoming a Grand Slam in Business

7 Reasons Why Virtual Reality is a Becoming a Grand Slam in Business

Virtual reality is no longer a concept that is only seen in the movies. It is actually a common element in businesses that are able to incorporate it into the way that they work, often times to benefit their own employees, clients, and customers.

The immersive experience is able to connect individuals to various elements in the world that will directly affect their own lives. The advantages of virtual reality are no secret, and VR is on the rise for many types of businesses, for many different reasons.

1. The Ability to See All Angles

When a business produces a product that their customers might not be able to see from all angles or physically touch prior to buying, they are two important drawbacks.

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Virtual reality allows customers to get a very specific idea of what the product is like by placing it into their hands, virtually, so that they can experience it for themselves.

2. Virtual Prototypes

The ability to create a virtual prototype dismisses the need to fork out the money to have a physical prototype produced.

The virtual model will allow the creator to examine the model and make any changes necessary prior to having the expense of manufacturing a physical model. Virtual prototypes can also be shared with more people than a physical prototype that may have just a limited number of units produced.

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3. Teaching About Large Equipment

When employees are able to experience how to work equipment without having to touch it, this will minimize the chance of something going wrong.

The employees will gain hands-on experience and education through a simulation and this will reduce the risk of damage to expensive machinery. Unskilled individuals run the risk of putting themselves in a hazardous situation when operating a piece of equipment that they are not familiar with.

4. Virtual Engineering

Virtual engineering will help to save time and money for professionals like architects and engineers who construct physical models to show their product or idea.

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Virtual reality eliminates the need for a two-dimensional rendering or small model by producing technology that is three-dimensional and immersive in order to produce structures that can be viewed and critiqued from many perspectives.

5. Enhancing the Customer Experience

Adventure-based business or those that focus on tourism are able to give their customers a sample of what they can expect when they visit an attraction. Amusement parks can create short virtual versions of their rides so that customers can decide if they would like to go on it or not.

A tourism business may offer hikes or zip lines, and creating a virtual reality version of these can coax individuals to take the leap and go on the adventure, and create excitement around going if they’ve already decided to go through with it.

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6. VR Meetings Reduce Travel

Many businesses have to work their plan around keeping their travel expenses within a tight budget, but when you’ve got clients throughout the nation or world, this may be hard. Even more so, commuting and long distance travel take up precious time, and everyone knows that time is money.

A virtual reality meeting will ensure that a face-to-face meeting can take place, nobody will have to leave their own home or business, or they can even work while traveling. They can relay all of the important information without the worry of losing time before or after the big meeting.

7. Virtual Tours

This is one of the biggest impacts that virtual reality has on businesses. One example is that of a real estate agent showing homes to potential buyers that are not in a position to physically visit the property.

The virtual tour can give buyers an idea of what a home looks like in a realistic setting without the need to actually visit the place. Additionally, an agent may use the same tour for multiple clients, saving themselves time and money by not physically visiting the location.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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