US – Facebook is building on the functionality of its virtual reality (VR) software as an alternative solution for remote working.
Infinite Office, as the product is known, is intended for use with the Oculus headset and aims to replicate a physical office environment. While wearing the VR headset, users will be able to customise multiple displays – controlled by gestural hand movements – as well as type using a physical platform and have virtual meetings via AR platform Spatial.
Infinite Office also offers Passthrough, a mode that allows users to toggle between full VR and mixed VR, so they can simultaneously view their virtual and physical surroundings. As workers adapt to the long-term reality of remote working, new innovations are emerging to allow people to live and work in a different way, using technology for both connection and efficiency.
In the inter-Covid period, businesses are having to adapt and explore virtual headquarters – something we explore in Reworking the Workplace.