Villa New Workspace

by Guy Frum

Inspired by WestWorld, Villa Offers New Workspace VR

Shows like HBO’s Westworld have a way of sparking the imagination of people all over the world. If you haven’t seen it, it’s the American sci-fi/Western/dystopian TV series that is based on the 1973 film with the same name, which was both written and directed by the late Michael Crichton who also wrote, among others, Jurassic Park. The virtual reality (VR) aspect of the show is well-documented and has led one company - - to step up its game when it comes to people coming together inside the virtual realm.

Remote work together?

During the COVID-19 lockdowns, it seemed like we were all clamoring to go back to the office as soon as possible. But a funny thing happened on the way back to work: People started enjoying doing their jobs remotely much more than anyone expected. In fact, according to a survey by FlexJobs, more than two-thirds of people around the world have said they would rather keep working remotely than go back to the traditional work environment. While Zoom and Google Teams and other video platforms proved to be lifesavers in the early months of the pandemic, But there are obvious limitations there as well, particularly when it comes to sharing documents, sharing ideas, having everyone focus on the presenter, and being able to truly collaborate instead of just waiting your turn to be taken off mute.

Welcome to the Villa

The Villa introduces workers to one another in photorealistic settings to give the idea that they are truly altogether some place for their work sessions.
In early August 2021, introduced Villa, which it bills as the immersive total workforce Some of its features include: 3D chat with surround sound, Zoom calls in front of a VR pool; backgrounds including a seaside Italian villa, a French vineyard, a patio on the Dolomites, a peaceful lake, a snow-capped mountain, or down at the beach.
"Inspired by Westworld, Villa brings 2030 technologies right into 2021, enabling immersive meetings that are superior to IRL, by placing you in thrilling locations around the world, and giving you superpowers in them."
said CEO Ofer Baharav in a press release.Guests in the VR environment can take notes in the air, do keyword searches, post pictures to a gallery, and break out of the environment for 1:1 meetings that are totally secured.
All you need to engage is the Quest 2 virtual reality goggles and to search for Villa on the Quest Store. Larger organizations can fill out a form for more capability and flexibility, but any work email should suffice to fire up the app and take your work into a whole new dimension.