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How Working in VR Could Make You More Productive

Escape the distracting reality of your open office.
Photographer: Eugenio Marongiu/Getty Images/Cultura RF

If you’re willing to strap on a headset and headphones, virtual reality can immerse you in another world. This teleportation act is great for gaming, but it also got me thinking: Can the distraction-dimming effects of VR transport the typical office worker out of an open office and away from chatty co-workers, and perhaps help with focus and productivity in the process?

After experimenting with several software applications that bring your PC desktop into virtual reality, and speaking to early adopters who have spent months working in these environments, I’m convinced that VR can make at least some office workers more productive. Think of the technology as an enormous screen that wraps all the way around your head, giving you the world’s largest multi-monitor setup.