“Yes, it is possible to work from the metaverse!”

Posted April 7, 2022, 1:01 pmUpdated April 7, 2022 at 14:12

Paris, March 2022. With my virtual reality headset taped to my head, I join part of my team in our new virtual office, offering the team a great view of Lake Annecy. In this metaverse, everything is in Ubiq’s colors and completely redesigned with our codes.

Every member of the team has created an avatar similar to him, with the exception of our product manager, who has given himself a special style, with even longer hair than in real life and a ring in his nose. In the absence of being able to invest in paintings by masters for our (real) office, I bought last week in NFT the famous painting The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, which sits in our “metaverse” office.

It is possible to work from the metaverse

Immersive, reassuring and creates additional links, this is the first lesson we learn from this experience. The immersion is much more complete than during a simple video meeting. Although it is a beta version, the avatars are very realistic thanks to facial expressions, positions, movements of arms, eyes, eyelashes even and especially thanks to facial expressions and voices of each one as they are very genuine.

This total immersion allows great concentration. The real world around you no longer exists. The hustle and bustle, noises, close or distant conversations disappear completely as the immersion is complete.

Metaverse is the new telework?

For all sectors, the metaverse opens up an incredible field of possibilities. The world of work is no exception. After two years of forced telework, which sometimes creates a sense of isolation, the virtual office in the metaverse creates a new territory, in addition to the home, third places, coworkings and other work areas close to home. .

If telework has become the norm, it is not always easy to create a spacious space between employees present in the office and remote controls, especially during meetings and workshops. From where we live, we can feel isolated. You must constantly bring the microphone closer, speak louder, turn the camera.

The metaverset allows everyone to be on the same level. We are in a virtual world, but connected to reality. This makes it possible to imagine new hybrid collaboration models.

The limits of the helmet

The best way to take full advantage of the Horizon Workroom experience is to have a virtual reality headset. Besides the fact that people might look strange at you while working with an Oculus Quest 2 headset screwed on your head, this is still too heavy (half a kg!), Limiting its use to only a few ten minutes, because it can be irritating to the eyes, cause headaches or a feeling of discomfort associated with loss of balance.

In an age where we work everywhere, digital nomads tend to reduce their equipment and be as mobile as possible.

To access your virtual office, it is best to have a physical and sedentary office where you can leave your equipment and set up your play area.

Meta keeps an eye on you

Let’s not forget that Meta remains Facebook. It is now possible to enter the meta verse to access the Workroom Horizon application just like the others, but only with a personal Facebook account. In a world where this use is growing, will the helmets be personal or provided by the company? What segmentation of professional and private use will they allow? And above all, what new types of data will they be able to capture (facial expressions, eye movements, etc.)?

There is no doubt that being seen from the outside with a helmet taped to your head makes you look ridiculous. But more than that, this experience leaves no one indifferent as it is revolutionary from a societal and psychological point of view. This view of a new world of work and a new lifestyle is as frightening as it is fascinating.

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