Common barriers to the adoption of Virtual Reality in corporate and institutional settings include lack of enterprise knowledge, cost, safety and privacy.
Lack of Enterprise Knowledge
While VR is being used today across many business sectors, it is still considered by many to be an emerging technology. Understandably, few enterprises have in-house VR knowledge making it difficult to know where or how to begin the Virtual Reality journey.
Cost of Software and Headsets
While VR can be expensive, mid and large size businesses and institutions are beginning to make strategic scalable investments in VR. High-quality HMD’s are now commercially available and VR tech platforms, particularly platforms that already specialize in sectors for marketing, education and training exist.
Health and Safety Issues Related to the Use of VR Headsets
Some users have reported health and safety issues including injuries from walking with goggles on, and some users have reported motion sickness as they initially adjust to wearing VR headsets. Planning for how and where VR users will wear their headsets and testing of the program with users early in the design phase can help mitigate these issues.
User Input and Privacy Concerns
VR feels lifelike because users interact with programs and it’s the ‘how’ users respond to some VR platforms that can make them so effective. Some programs record this interaction as data that would be considered sensitive. Examples of sensitive VR user data inputs can include programs to help with trauma or addiction. User input is important to these types of Virtual Reality experiences but how and where the data is used once collected is critical to maintaining patient confidentiality and trust.
There are numerous qualitative and quantitative benefits to Virtual Reality adoption. This evolving technology has some risks that need to be considered and addressed upfront.
The ChatC Group’s founder, Jenn Etchegary notes “Enterprises are making an important investment when they adopt VR. The investment goes beyond selecting hardware and creating software programs – it’s a fundamental shift in how we interact with technology to enhance and enrich our professional lives – but it can have some risks. One of the ways risk can be managed is by selecting the right VR tech vendor with demonstrated experience in an enterprise’s business sector, including the management of data and privacy.”