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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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