What are the possibilities of kiosk mode for events & presentations?

Last week we discussed the 6 reasons why you need VR for your next event. Today everyone is familiar with “kiosk mode”. This is a term used for computer systems that are limited to a certain set of features for displaying specific content. For instance a PowerPoint presentation in a waiting room, or an interactive display in a store.

There’s also a VR headset kiosk mode, in this mode the virtual reality device is limited to a specific application or a selection of 360 video files. The user can view this content without access to the operating system, or other software. These limitations actually offer many new possibilities, five of which you can read on this page.

1. Professional

The first couple of years in VR were clumsy to say the least. It was more of a novelty than a great experience. Modern VR headsets are much better in that regard, in particular for consumers. But because the operating system is designed for consumers, the experience feels less professional than you expect. VR headset kiosk mode removes the consumer based features and replaces it with a tight, more professional experience.

2. Hands-off approach

You can take this benefit literally because there’s no requirement for a VR controller or manual interaction while using VR headset in VR kiosk mode. The menu navigation is strictly “gaze based”, meaning the user simply looks at a thumbnail and the presentation will start.

The head movement functions as a controller, so the user doesn’t need to hold a VR controller to select options. This might seem like a small feature, in practice it makes a big difference for the user experience.

3. Ease-of-use

The K.I.S.S. method is fully implemented with the VR headset kiosk mode. This of course means Keep It Simple Stupid, why add features that are not used? The ease-of-use is not limited to the client, but also applies to sales reps and other professionals that will use the virtual reality content to make their pitch.

The representative can hand over the VR headset and let the user operate the device all by him- or herself. The workflow is seamless because the hardware and software is completely configured for a hassle-free operation.

4. Time-saving

Watching a five minute video should take five minutes, not ten. If you hand over a VR headset, the user should be able to get started almost immediately. If not, this will not only break the flow of the presentation, it will also waste precious time.

With the VR headset in kiosk mode a salesperson spends less time explaining, and can spend more time selling. You are also to service much more participants in a shorter period of time. Time is money, every step along the way can be one too many.

5. Safety

There are several ways in which safety comes into play with virtual reality presentations. For instance balance. Room scale VR is impressive, but walking around in VR is definitely not for everyone. With 360 video the user may remain seated. Also, accessoires like VR controller tends to break or ‘disappear’ from an event booth quite frequently. Less hardware means more safety.

The possible flailing of arms (and sometimes legs) while using VR can be greatly reduced by offering gaze based navigation in the VR headset kiosk mode. By limiting the system you can also avoid “hackers” altering the software on the device.

Using VR headset kiosk mode

For VR headset kiosk mode to work, some special software needs to be installed onto the device. Depending on the system this should not be difficult. Also, the process is reversible. That means the original software can be restored for regular use. You might void the warranty with modified software, contact your supplier for more information and all possibilities.


6 reasons why you need VR for your next event

When you welcome visitors, customers or potential clients at any event you will need to offer them something new. This could be information, entertainment or even overcoming fears with VR.

Virtual reality offers you the ability to engage with your audience in a completely new way and  Here are six reasons why you need VR for your next event.

1. Take control of the experience

At an event there are many distractions, there’s something new to be discovered in any direction. By using virtual reality gear you can place the visitor in your own personal space, and take control over the experience. You can guide the user, or let them operate a VR Kiosk allowing for controlled interaction. Lead your guests through the sales funnel, or convert a lead to a customer. Whatever your goal is, the control is in your hands.

2. Create a ‘booth bubble’

Event halls and other venues are created for versatility, but often lack style. If you have a booth at an event with numerous participants you need your location to stand out. Using VR headsets is a fun addition, but you can go beyond offering a virtual reality presentation.

Create a seamless experience where reality and virtuality work in conjunction to seduce the visitors. Dress representatives in lab coats and invite people for an ‘experiment’, or create a jungle to showcase adventurous holidays. Create a unique ‘Bubble’ for visitors to enter.

3. Offer customized presentations

Showing the same brochure, video or PowerPoint presentation to all participants forces you to aim for the most common denominator. No one is a ‘standard’ person. By offering customized presentations and experiences you will grasp the attention of every person that visits your event.

However, this doesn’t mean more work for the staff if you use a VR Kiosk that allows the user to select their own personal experience. For instance offer a travel video selection with the option for skiing in the mountains or relaxing on a warm beach in the sun.

4. Create a larger canvas

In real life more square meters means a larger investment. In virtual reality space is infinite and virtually free. Your audience can travel through time and space just by wearing a VR headset while sitting stationary in a chair.

There are also ‘room scale’ VR events that allow the user to move, even then the virtual space can go far beyond the restrictions of the location.

5. Share the experience beyond the event

Creating custom VR content such as 360 video can be expensive, however you’re not limited to the event and the visitors. For instance, you can give a Cardboard smartphone holder (with your company logo of course) with a link to the 360 video or app for personal use. This allows the visitors at the event to relive the experience at home.

Even more so, they will become your ambassadors while showing your presentation to friends, family and colleagues. You can even create a supplementary VR experience for home use that ties in to the event.

6. Make it part of your current campaign

Virtual reality and real life are actually very close to each other. Although it’s possible to create a virtual campaign from scratch, often the new content will be based on an existing concept or goal.

This will allow for a cross-media campaign that will reach a wider audience and engage your audience more. Show a participant a 360 video of an actual museum in a VR Kiosk mode and give them a coupon for this location. Or a real-life spinning wheel at an event that awards prizes and/or a trip to a special presentation in the VR Kiosk. There are numerous ways to make virtual reality part of your campaign.

These are only six reasons for VR at your next event. Need more inspiration? Ask the experts and create a custom experience at your next event.

5. Lenovo Mirage

Last but not least is the Lenovo Mirage, that offers a sharp image quality with a 2560×1440 resolution. The quality can be compared to the Oculus Go, this device is a bit easier to configure which makes it more suitable for kiosk applications.

However, the purchase price is considerably higher compared to the Oculus Go because of the better movement tracking. Unfortunately that particular function is not used for 360 video.

As you can see there are plenty of options for a headset with 360 degree video kiosk mode, contact your supplier for more information.


The best VR headsets for 360 video from 2019 with an optional Kiosk Mode

The most used application of virtual reality headsets is viewing 360 video, either streaming or locally downloaded files. This type of content does not require the same computing power that games use. The most important requirements are a high quality screen and ease-of-use. Fortunately some lower end headsets are able to display a high resolution image at an affordable price. 

In VR headset kiosk mode any (Android based) virtual reality headset can be turned into a device that everyone can use. Even audiences that have never used this technology before. Here are the four best VR headsets for 360 currently available.

How does VR headset kiosk mode work?

Most standalone virtual reality headsets are Android based, with a custom ‘skin’ that will vary depending on the brand. In that regard, these devices are very similar to Android smartphones. This operating system allows ‘sideloading’, which allows loading custom software to the system. For instance a video gallery interface, or a ‘kiosk mode for VR applications’.

By using a VR headset in kiosk mode you can hand the device over to someone who can operate the device autonomously. This a great feature for events and marketing using a ‘hands off’ approach to virtual reality technology.

The best VR headsets for 360 video

One great advantage of using virtual reality kiosk mode is the relatively low strain on the device. This means you can use one of the cheaper headsets that are commercially available. Of course there are some devices that are more suitable than others. Here are our five favorite picks for use with VR headset kiosk mode:

2. Samsung Gear VR

In broad terms the Samsung Gear VR is a more advanced Cardboard, this time using a plastic shell and a high-end Samsung smartphone. For several years the Gear VR set the standard for a VR headset in kiosk mode.

New standalone devices have since surpassed this innovative solution. The image quality depends on the hardware used, although even the lower end options offer a very good resolution and color reproduction.

3. Oculus Go

This device is basically a Gear VR without the phone. This time all the required hardware is on-board, making the Go a product that’s easy to use and more affordable compared to a Gear VR shell and a Samsung smartphone. Circumventing the standard system to use in VR headset kiosk mode can prove to be a bit cumbersome, but it’s definitely possible.

The Go has become the most popular alternative to the Gear VR, even if the parent company Facebook pretends this feature doesn’t exist. The screen resolution is 2560×1440, the device memory is not expandable.

4. Pico G2 4K

This is a lesser known device, but the easy installation of a VR headset kiosk mode makes it a popular choice for business use. The regular G2 already offers a crisp 2880×1600 image, the 4K version offers an amazing 3840×2160 resolution.

This comes with a higher price tag, but the complete package including removable foam pads and expandable memory makes this a wonderful option for professionals.

5. Lenovo Mirage

Last but not least is the Lenovo Mirage, that offers a sharp image quality with a 2560×1440 resolution. The quality can be compared to the Oculus Go, this device is a bit easier to configure which makes it more suitable for kiosk applications.

However, the purchase price is considerably higher compared to the Oculus Go because of the better movement tracking. Unfortunately that particular function is not used for 360 video.

As you can see there are plenty of options for a headset with 360 degree video kiosk mode, contact your supplier for more information.


Using virtual reality for presentations; content, hardware & software

Everyone knows how a standard presentation works. The participants sit in front of a projector and screen, the host shows a PowerPoint presentations filled with slides. Let’s be honest, most presentations aren’t exactly exciting but we all suffer through them for the valuable nuggets of information. 

The host will usually have the same mixed feelings, repeating the same information over and over will surely become a grind after a while. Enter virtual reality, a solution that will take away the tedium and replace it with new opportunities. For instance by syncing vr headsets and creating a social, immersive experience.

How this works and why it provides a valuable addition to your presentations will become clear in just a couple of minutes. Let’s go to the next slide …

VR for presentations

There are two types of virtual reality:

  1. Interactive VR: This is an interactive presentation allowing the user to make choices using a controller or other means of interaction. For instance a game, a quiz or a manual.
  2. 360 video: Also called VR video, this is an immersive video in which the user has no direct control, but can freely look around. This offers the limited interactivity of moving your head while retaining the guided nature of a video presentation.

A board-room presentation is more interactive compared to a presentation in a VR headset, it can however be used as a tool to present your story in a dynamic and fresh way.

Virtual reality makes it possible to show the exact same presentation to an infinite number of users, and provide additional in-depth information afterwards. In order to achieve this, you need content and the right combination of hardware and software.

The content

This could be a 360 video or a virtual reality app. The choice depends on the message and the intended audience. Just like you will not hand over the clicker and let people run through your PowerPoint presentation by themselves, you will also not want to create a fully interactive experience for every participant. In many situations a video (with real-life footage or digital animation) will bring across the message just fine.

The hardware and software

There a several options for showing VR content, the easiest option is a Cardboard VR holder for a smartphone. They are cheap, easy to distribute and provide a nice handout for participants. However, it requires a bit more ‘fiddling’ to get these Cardboards to work, for a smooth presentation a VR headset will most likely be a better option. The Samsung Gear VR is a popular solution, the Pico G2 and the Oculus GO are other solid standalone options.

Oculus GO Kiosk mode

The aforementioned products run on the Android operating system. The interface is primarily created for home use, however there are options to show a custom environment. For instance, there is an Oculus GO Kiosk mode that can be activated with the addition of a small app and a bit of technical expertise. After configuration you can load a number of videos or load one particular app instead of the regular app selection screen.

You can even use ‘gaze-based’ navigation so a VR controller is not required. A VR headset combined with the Oculus GO Kiosk mode and your own custom presentations offers a convenient solution for presentations to one person or a large group of participants.

Is VR a replacement for regular presentations?

No, not really. You can use Oculus GO Kiosk mode as a POS system to showcase your products or services, or you can transport your audience to a completely different environment. But the personal, face-to-face interaction will remain a part of the process.

But this time you can get to the heart of the subject, and let the VR presentation take care of the rest. Want to know more about VR presentations and the Oculus GO Kiosk mode? Ask the experts and discover all the possibilities.


Using virtual reality for risk mitigation

There are many activities and situations that can arise in the workplace, the environment and even an organisation’s bottom line. By building virtual scenarios in advance, the chances of things going wrong can be mitigated.

Consider a dangerous work location, by making a virtual recreation of the situation, the staff can prepare themselves and the people for every unique circumstance. Consider working at a great height, because VR glasses are capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D video, a simulation can be made with the experience of being on a tall building.

The stereoscopic capabilities of kiosk mode for vr headset can trigger the fear and feeling of being high up, allowing the user to better manage and understand what could go wrong.

This application also extends to PR and financial risk management, marketing blunders can easily be prevented by developing virtual scenarios in advance. A campaign may seem good on paper, but in practice, it could turn out to be completely wrong or misguided, through building simulations with focus groups using VR, it can help remove possible risks far in advance.


Testing Products & Services with virtual reality

We have already mentioned the role of virtual reality in product development, however, the application does not have to be limited only to development but can be useful in both the testing of the products and services.

Virtual reality can be highly effective in the area of product testing, for example, a large hardware store in the United States that had furnished a real room that could be painted with virtual paint, in this way customers could see exactly what effect the colour or material would have on the wall.

Virtual reality can also offer great value in the area of product development research and usability testing by allowing customers to try out the products and services in a virtual environment, subjective and objective data can be extrapolated to inform future VR research and development.

Products and services can be presented to testers in various configurations with the added ability to adjust the circumstances for each test. Subjective perception will play an important role in this type of testing, research has shown that the taste of a standard cookie changes when someone with VR glasses sees added visual elements. For example, users were asked to eat a brown cookie after seeing it in a virtual world, most reported the cookie tasted like chocolate with the syncing of virtual reality headsets.

When users were shown a virtual lemon before the same cookie in the previous test, most reported that the same cookie now tasted sour, this ability for VR to change perception with a Kiosk mode for 360 video makes it uniquely useful in comparison with conventional product testing.


Using virtual reality to inform stakeholders

There can often be many stakeholders with varying expertise, educations and affinities with regards to a specific subject. This raises a major issue in the fact that there is often not a single communication method able to connect to all people involved equally.

For each group of stakeholders, there is often a different way of communicating to garner the best results, that is why a lot of attention is being paid to the information transfer possibilities through virtual reality.  A virtual reality presentation with a vr kiosk mode may not completely eliminate all the problems, but it can enhance the effectiveness of this process.

 

People naturally think visually, textual information is more difficult to understand. Hence the expression “an image speaks more than a thousand words”. With a visual VR presentation, it is possible to inform stakeholders about even the most complex of topics.

Consider a construction project in which all major stakeholders like the management team of the contractor, the executive staff, the officials of the municipality and the residents who live in the neighbourhood need to be informed. Through a virtual reality presentation, these stakeholders can be more easily be informed on the basis of a virtual simulation without developing the complete story and overloading them with text.

4. Research & Development

When developing products and services, a number of tests must be passed. A lot of time and money can be saved by conducting research and development in a virtual environment.

By making use of the internet, it is possible for colleagues who are spread over various locations to collaborate in the development of a product or service. Designs are made available via the cloud that are then made accessible to the decentralized team. You can work one by one or simultaneously, depending on the process and application.

In the automotive industry, virtual reality is often used for prototyping. Cars are three-dimensional objects that were previously visualized through clay models. Now it is possible t o place a full-size 3D model in a room while a designer can walk around it.

This immediately makes it clear where there are still areas for improvement, greatly reducing the number of development steps and speeding up the process. Designing 3D objects in a 2D environment such as a computer monitor does not always offer the insight that is necessary for product development, making virtual reality the easiest solution.


Using VR for personalized and group presentations

9. Personalised Presentations

If you, the entrepreneur want to give a presentation to a (potential) customer, it helps to add a personal touch, be it in the moment or in advance. Consider, for example, designing a kitchen in a showroom, the shopkeeper can furnish an empty space that has been designed and furnished with VR glasses with kiosk mode according to your wishes.

A kitchen cupboard here, a countertop with a nice colour there and so forth. If someone is able to experience more than just seeing his dream kitchen in a brochure but also the opportunity to look and stand in it, the chance of converting this sale becomes considerably higher.

A personalised presentation does not have to be confined to a physical location, it is possible to offer someone in the Netherlands a VR tour of a holiday home in Spain. If the house has not yet been built, this can be based on digital designs.

Here too, personal elements can be added, for example, pictures on the wall or music choice in the presentation. By sending customers cardboard VR glasses with a link to the presentation, every smartphone can then be used as a VR headset with this personalised experience.

 

10. Group Presentations

In addition to individual presentations, it is also possible to give large group presentations. Virtual reality headsets offer individual experiences, but also make it possible to design virtual theatres in which several people simultaneously see the same presentation.

In this way, a group presentation can be given in any location at any time, for a scalable audience ranging from only a handful of people to hundreds of participants all at the same time.

To show virtual reality and 360 videos in a group, special software is required in addition to the hardware. It is possible to use a live stream or locally with content already on the devices.

Purchasing VR and using a kiosk mode for vr 360 video  for business purposes can in certain situations make sense, but with larger numbers of people and specific types of events, renting can be more cost-effective for your business. For this reason, get in contact with us to find out what we recommend for your business.


How virtual reality can be used to overcome fears

“Face Your Fears” is one of the most popular apps for VR consumers. This is a compilation of terrifying scenarios designed to scare the player. Scary games have always scored very well on the various virtual reality platforms.

Virtual reality can be very realistic and it generates the same emotions that are actually experienced in real life. However, terrifying scenes are not only connected to the normal horror film experience, but these fears can also be found in the workplace.

This is one of the major benefits of virtual reality, in virtual reality environments employees can learn to deal with these fears. Sometimes this is even the fear of other colleagues, for example, there are now training courses in which people can learn to deal with threats or insults from colleagues.

Speaking in front of an audience seems easy when it is a trained speaker, but you can immediately tell how challenging and scary it can be when there is a far less experienced person on stage. Especially when using a Kiosk Mode for your Oculus GO.

For this reason, multiple applications have been developed to overcome this fear of public speaking. These apps are also effective for preparing and running presentations in a virtual environment. This can help representatives, keynote speakers and specialists to convey their message clearly and professionally through training in a virtual world.


How to use virtual reality for Sales Staff training and Research and Development

3. Sales Staff Training

Colleagues who collaborate with one another face different challenges than employees tasked with selling products to customers. Practicing personal interaction via conventional ways remains a major challenge, often the inefficient “trial and error” method is used. This method can be extremely expensive, especially if the company stands to lose out on large orders due to this form of training.

With virtual simulations, sales staff can be trained faster and more effectively to talk to customers. This can be in the form of digital characters or through video recordings of actors, depending on the type of interaction required.

For example, store staff in America were prepared for the “Black Friday” sale through a kiosk mode for a virtual reality application. Because there are many more customers during this day than usual, it is very important that all personnel are aligned and prepared. If you are a group with hundreds of branches, this can be a monumental task.

Because of these situations training courses have been developed that teach sellers how to deal with customers and how to work better together in order to achieve a higher turnover. This would be near impossible to achieve through conventional training.

4. Research & Development

When developing products and services, a number of tests must be passed. A lot of time and money can be saved by conducting research and development in a virtual environment.

By making use of the internet, it is possible for colleagues who are spread over various locations to collaborate in the development of a product or service. Designs are made available via the cloud that are then made accessible to the decentralized team. You can work one by one or simultaneously, depending on the process and application.

In the automotive industry, virtual reality is often used for prototyping. Cars are three-dimensional objects that were previously visualized through clay models. Now it is possible t o place a full-size 3D model in a room while a designer can walk around it.

This immediately makes it clear where there are still areas for improvement, greatly reducing the number of development steps and speeding up the process. Designing 3D objects in a 2D environment such as a computer monitor does not always offer the insight that is necessary for product development, making virtual reality the easiest solution.