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7 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change The Future.

7 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change The Future.

Technology has improved a lot over the past 15 years, and lots of new gadgets are coming in the market these days. One of the latest and the coolest technologies that has emerged in the market is virtual reality. This fast growing technology is attracting lots of audiences, and now more and more gadgets are using it to increase their sales.

Initially, VR was used to improve gaming experience and to enhance audiences with better movie encounters. But, with the rise in its popularity and craze, big companies like Sony, and Facebook started investing in it. And now a lot of experimentation and exploration has begun in this field.

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So naturally we expect VR to be a big part of our future. With so much investment of time, workforce and money in this technology, expectations has increased and here are the seven ways in which VR can affect us and can change our future:

Gaming

Virtual reality gained its popularity because of gaming. Imagine your a counter strike game in 3D. VR has already started conquering this field, and many more companies have begun building new games according to the VR technology. Not only this, gaming companies are working on the idea of VR gambling to enhance the user experience.

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Movie Experiencing

Till now, 3D movies were rocking the theaters. You can experience 3D for now. But that’s not the real one. Real 3D will be based on VR technology. In real 3D, you can see yourself as a part of the movie. You can feel the film from your choice of angle, not from the camera’s choice. You can feel colors and can get a better view. Developments have already started, and one cinema hall of this type has launched in Amsterdam.

Travelling

Virtual reality can make you travel the world without leaving your home. Yes, VR technology can get you to travel from your house to a whole new place. You can go shopping, traveling, or socializing without going out of your house. VR technology is based on ”being there without actually being there.” So it is expected that we can see the waves of the ocean in our home, experience the sun and beach in Miami, and much more. With this technology, places that are far off will become your next door neighbors.

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Work more comfortably

Working from home is always more comfortable and productive. With VR technologies, we are expecting the development of virtual offices. With this technology, one can work from anywhere. Connected digital printers, uninterrupted tasks, etc. are the additional features that can be expected with this concept.

Better view of products and services

Virtual reality can provide a better real-time experience of services and products that we may plan to purchase. Right now, we have to judge anything from its 2D picture for example a hotel room, or any traveling destination. But with the introduction of 3D virtual reality, you can view and feel the place before the actual arrival. You can judge the feel of the place before actually going there.

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Learning field

With the help of virtual reality, the quality of learning will improve a lot. Practical learning is always better than the academic knowledge and with the support of VR technology, actual exposure will increase.

Surgeons can perform virtual surgeries for practice; pilots can feel the pressure before actually facing it and much more. With this technology, we can learn from experts. Concepts like a virtual library have already come into existence (EON Reality has developed one), and big companies like Google are already seeding schools with 1lakh VR headsets.

Improved quality of life

With the enhancement in virtual reality, our life will become better. VR technologies will make smartphones smarter, and many more smart tools like VR goggles, VR devices will flood the market. With VR, we can enjoy history (which is boring theoretically), can explore the space (from Earth), can see the surface of the moon in 3D and much more. All areas of our life will become better and more practical.

Featured photo credit: vrworld via vrworld.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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