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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

Why use a laptop when you can work anywhere from anywhere in AR or VR?

 

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The future of work is changing. Post pandemic many offices still sit empty as more people work from home, Nvidia is rolling out a Virtual Reality (VR) office that is literally a photon level clone of its own HQ, and apparently all of that got the guys at Facebook thinking …

 

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This week at the company’s first ever fully digital Augmented Reality (AR) and VR focused conference Facebook introduced the rather stunning but also intriguing “Infinite office” concept — their platform that lets people create their very own virtual working environment.

 

Work anywhere from anywhere!

 

Targeting those who still may be working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the infinite office will overlay itself on real world environments, however in order to enhance worker focus and flexibility users can toggle between a fully immersive experience and a mix of virtual displays with “Passthrough” so that they can have a greater awareness of their surroundings – such as screaming children who are saving the pets.

 

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The features of the new infinite office include a large workspace with multiple customizable screens with no extra monitors required. Meanwhile, Facebook says that its Oculus browser will offer a “desktop class web experience.”

 

Passthrough at work …

 

The platform has also been designed to be as portable as possible, and as a sign of things to come you won’t see a laptop in sight as it lets users ditch their laptop once and for all, pick up their sleek pair of AR or VR glasses, and pick their work up right where they left off wherever they want.

 

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Facebook has also announced a partnership with Logitech to bring a physical keyboard into VR beginning with the widely available Logitech K830.

Infinite office was announced at Facebook Connect, where the tech giant also announced Oculus Quest 2. To enter the VR workplace users simply put on the “Quest 2” headset and begin customizing their surroundings, and the company says it will begin rolling out the first infinite office features as an experimental release for Quest 2 soon.

 

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“We’ve already started early experiments with third parties including Spatial, which shows how passthrough could enhance a virtual co-located meeting,” said a spokesperson for the company, adding, “There’s more in store, and we’re excited to share what’s next.’

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Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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