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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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