A VR Argument for Multiple Screens & Productivity
Back when I was in school I remember getting a second monitor to work with and I felt like a KING! I could get SO much more done. Little did I realize that I was setting myself up for a life that required multiple monitors to get anything done.
Now a days whenever I find myself on a laptop, or even worse a cell phone, I am pretty much limited to checking email, social media, and maybe the news. Any “real” work really requires that I have multiple monitors to reference tasks as I’m working on and other information. It is almost impossible for me to really get anything done with a single monitor or a small device.
I am not alone in my quirkiness. I have a good friend who recently updated his office to include, no joke, 8 monitors. He says that he could use 3 more as well but his boss has said he will no longer support his monitor addiction. With more and more of our work being moved to applications we find ourselves staring at computer screens ALL day long. And many of us like my friend find it useful to have multiple monitors for each and every application..
This got me thinking… is there really a correlation between how many monitors you have and productivity or does it just drop off after a certain number? We did a little research and found a few interesting studies and tidbits.
Business.com published an in-depth article titled “Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Can Save You Time and Money” that has some great research. In it the author explains how “dual monitors have been proven to increase productivity by 20-30 percent.” This increase in productivity comes from data entry, viewing large files, keeping a live chat open while a project is being discussed, monitoring social media, or even having some background news on. “It takes about 1.5 seconds to move your mouse and click to switch between documents. After double clicking, the average delay time for the next document to open is 0.5 seconds, totally in about 2 seconds. If you need five numbers from each source document for your report, a second monitor would save you 66 seconds each time you compile your weekly report.”
With the gradual move to paperless solutions offices almost require a second monitor to review electronic documents while working. For example, an accountant may use multiple monitors for preparing taxes while looking at a client’s tax information.
VR and Multiple Monitors
So what does this all have to do with VR? Right now in the market there are a handful of applications that allow you to control your desktop. This is a great start, but these applications are all still just using windows and limited to the physical hardware you have attached to your computer. Not any more effective, and certainly expensive.
vSpatial is not interested in monitors and desktops, but in the applications you run on your computer. We allow you to open as many applications as you want and use the virtual space all around you to view and interact with those application. In essence, vSpatial allows you to have a monitor or “screen” for every window. You can make screens larger or smaller and move them around based on your needs. We are spending a lot of time thinking about how users work and how we can take advantage of space to get work done now.
What this means is that you can run vSpatial from a small laptop but feel like you have dozens of screens to use as you work. Our goal is to save you tons of time and money.
We are getting ready to launch our public beta in a few weeks. Stay tuned and give it a try yourself. I think you are going to be amazed once you get in there and see the potential of virtual reality space for productivity.