Remote/Virtual Collaboration Tools
This research provides interesting tools that facilitate remote collaboration: Conceptboard, Spatial, Flock, and Glue. These tools share a common goal, which is to make users feel like they are in the same room while collaborating. Conceptboard helps people keep track of actions on-board, have video chats, and share their screens. Spatial is a tool that uses its augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality capabilities to transform a user's space "into a shared augmented workplace." Details on all the remote collaboration tools identified are available below.
- Conceptboard is a tool that serves as a centralized hub for content and ideas. Regardless of the magnitude or complexity of the project a company is working on, this tool allows users to manage all their "visual projects across one shared workspace."
- The tool also allows visual collaboration between several participants. These participants can work simultaneously in realtime.
- As part of its remote collaboration capabilities, Conceptboard enables users to work seamlessly across timezones and teams. Team members can keep track of actions on-board, share screens, and have video chats.
- Ultimately, the tool promises to make co-workers feel like they are in the same room, regardless of whether they are collocated or remote.
- Spatial is a tool that turns the surrounding space "into a shared augmented workplace." Its technology allows remote users to collaborate, brainstorm, search, and share content using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality as if they were working in the same room.
- Through this software, users can teleport their presence anywhere. Team members can have a meeting with anyone, located anywhere globally using 3D telepresence and spatial audio that simulates the feeling of being face-to-face with the other participants.
- Spatial also lets users extend their phones or computers by using the space around them. Specifically, people can virtualize any content from their computer or phone into Spatial's immersive digital workspace.
- Companies such as Ford X and Mattel are using Spatial's platform in transforming how their employees collaborate globally.
- Flock is a platform that converges everything a user needs to collaborate. Video conferencing and instant messaging features are combined into a single package. These features are combined with effective search features.
- The Flock tool also supports a wide range of third-party services, including IFTTT, Asana, Google Analytics, Googe Drive, Twitter, and Todoist.
- Its core features are instant conversations, powerful search, video calls, productivity tools, and app integrations.
- Numerous companies are already using Flock to aid collaboration among coworkers, including McDonald's, Ryonic Robots, Drama Kids of North Columbus, and Namecheap.
- Glue describes itself as a universal collaboration platform. It is a virtual extension of a user's workplace, enabling dispersed teams to come together to plan, learn, share, and create.
- This tool allows coworkers to interact with others remotely as if they were having a face-to-face meeting. It has a variety of features that allow users to "access a complete toolset for effective live collaboration."
- Glue is customizable; it allows users to create their own custom virtual scenarios and spaces. The technology is also secure and scalable, allowing users to deploy it in a public cloud or host it in their own infrastructure.
- Examples of companies that have had a positive experience using this tool include Maillefer, Sovelto, Duodecim, Reaktor, Toyota, Microsoft, and HP.