Reconnecting people across the physical divide
While many of the things that have disappeared along with physical meetings, events, and activities may appear to be innocuous, especially since remote alternatives still allow the exchange of information, there are a lot of unexpected benefits that are missing from digital communication.
For instance, the lack of physical human contact means that information conveyed by touch and feel is missing. With digital communication, you generally need to look for people to connect, or hope they see/hear you online to respond. This is much unlike the “thereness” of physical presence, where even throwing a gaze and smile at someone across the room can spark off a conversation and communication.
As such, the “new world” that we seem to be getting used to now actually justified and provided a rationale for the types of solutions that we were building with our OVR app. In fact, we were actually, in a sense, building more and more bridges for everyday people to keep as much of reality and realism as possible in a digital world.
For example, instead of giving people avatars online as many other apps do, we went beyond it, allowing users to customize their own Avatars with their photos, giving them an online Avatar that when they speak, looks and sounds just like they do in real life. Don’t you agree that meeting your friends and family online, and seeing their faces and hearing their voices, is way better than just interacting with anonymous users with fantastical faces?
Another feature we think is special in our app via OVR Live as well, is proximity effects, which basically means that even inside the OVR digital world, you can enter a room and get as close as you want to the people inside. Walk up to them, and hear group conversations, walk away and their voices start to fade out. This gives a closer impression of meeting people physically, and also encourages people to move and interact with each other, getting the most out of online engagement!
To find out how OVR is using technology to help people reconnect in this brave new way of pandemic living, why don’t you try out the OVR app for yourself? Get it now on Google Play or on App Store.