Superimposing a colleague on the wall could soon become a reality thanks to advances in both video conferencing and augmented reality.

Video conferencing has grown substantially throughout the past few years – especially in businesses. The majority of new phones, tablets and laptops have high-definition front facing cameras built in, capable of transmitting live video across the country.

Compared to a phone call, video conferencing is a far more sociable alternative, and one that means less travel for those in business. However, the question has to be asked – can simulated video conferencing ever move into a virtual environment?

If video conferencing were to use a virtual reality style headset to communicate, it’s likely each person would be talking to a headset, not a face, as VR requires a mask-like object to sit correctly on the heat. The better alternative, and certainly one that could see widespread adoption, is augmented reality video conferencing.

The benefits of AR for these purposes are plentiful, and mean far greater and freer conversation, without talking to a head set. In addition, the augmented reality means others in the conversation can be superimposed in various areas of a room, even on walls.

The flexibility here means a headset doesn’t need to be carried around, along with all the necessary computers and baggage. Wearing an augmented reality headset additionally means information can be easily shared between devices such as photos, documents and other essential information.

In workplaces, large rooms would no longer be required thanks to the freeing nature of AR systems. Businesses should consider the benefits of augmented reality adoption now, especially thanks to the fast growth of the trend.

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