10th January 2017
If you're in the business of making it easier for people to work together, then there's a chance you might have come across the term Immersive Collaboration in 2016. Certainly this is a term you're going to be hearing a lot more of in 2017.
First of all, and with a nod to those in the telepresence world, let me explain what it's not. It's not immersion in the telepresence sense of the world. Immersion in that regard is a solution that aims to make you feel like you are sitting in the same room as your video connected colleagues.
The point at which a solution becomes immersive is arbitrary, but, the more techniques used, the more effective the result.
No, immersive group collaboration is different. According to Irwin Lazar at Nemertes Research immersive group collaboration “enables teams to project, manipulate and share content in real time with remote workers.”
One way to think about it is along the lines of next generation whiteboards.
Instead of static content being shown on the board, remote workers as well as their colleagues in the meeting room can see the content (like a PowerPoint Presentation, or Word Document) and actively participate in ideation and co-creation of that content, either on a flat panel display that's in a conference room or from a smaller device like a laptop, tablet or smartphone. What you're aiming for is multiple people (no matter where they are) working together on content as if they're all in the same room.
What to Consider when Thinking about Immersive Group Collaboration
There are a number of considerations to bear in mind when thinking about Immersive Group Collaboration:
There are many things to consider when thinking about Immersive Group Collaboration, the list above is merely topics to help get you started in thinking about this process.
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