The concept of virtual reality isn’t a new one. We talked about the potential for virtual reality in recruitment back in July this year and from this year’s Web Summit in Dublin, it’s clear this technology will command the business and consumer markets in a big way very soon.
With many speakers and companies at the Web Summit focusing on virtual reality technology, it’s obvious they believe this mass trend shift isn’t far from physical reality. Just a few exciting examples of virtual reality applications included Audible’s inspiring attempt to bring the graphic novel, ‘Locke & Key’ to life in a 360 degree virtual environment, Jaunt’s immersive virtual reality cinematic experiences and VRmaster’s experiential selfie ‘bubble’ creator. We recommend you take a look at what they’re doing right now!
Leading the way in last week’s virtual reality discussion, Mike Schroepfer, CTO of the world’s largest social network said, ‘Facebook wants to build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries’. Referring to Facebook’s intentions to integrate virtual reality technology into their platform, Schroepfer demonstrated real intent to unleash virtual reality to the masses. Following the social media giant’s acquisition of Oculus Rift, one of the leaders in the virtual reality race, it’s clear that their aim is deliver the ability to speak with their connections on the other side of the planet whilst feeling like they were having a face-to-face conversation.
Perhaps the most exciting use for virtual reality technology was in its ability to improve the user’s experience of worlds beyond their everyday reach. Chis Milk, an American music video director and filmmaker described virtual reality as ‘the ultimate empathy machine’ in a Ted Talk back in March, 2015 and Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water demonstrated exactly why. Virtual reality provides the user the ability to feel like they’re truly experiencing the environment that they’re presented with; in this case, the struggle for water in Ethiopia.
Scott and his team filmed a virtual reality documentary over the course of several days, allowing audiences to experience the direct impact that their charity has on communities, by watching the installation of a well and seeing what the villagers could see and sharing their emotions with them. The documentary will be released next month, you can sign up for the video here.
When we released our post on virtual reality in the recruitment space, we were met with a mixture of extremely positive feedback and some disbelief that these technologies could provide benefit to the industry. Based on what we saw at this year’s Web Summit we can assure you that recruitment is just one of the hundreds of industries that will be transformed because of virtual reality technology in years to come.
Whether allowing candidates to engage in interviews or experience their prospective work environments ‘hands on’, to carrying out high risk training or test exercises safely and at a low cost, virtual reality is coming and it’s going to be big.