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Oculus Quest 2 starting at $299

Oculus Quest 2 is lighter, supposed to be more powerful, and a better screen. And it starts at $299 with 64 GB of built-in storage, and the $399 model comes with 256 GB. 

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Oculus quest 2 introduced

Oculus quest 2 introduced.

6GB ram , close to 4K , better controls and Options for 256 GB storage

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What is CTO as a Service and why do you need one ?

Some startups have awesome ideas, but when it comes down to the technology and product development, they offshore or outsource that. And while that can work, it may not always be the best philosophy. Or the magic black box software becomes a confusing chaotic mess they can’t explain. Nor realize it wasn’t very good under the covers. Just a mentality to get things done quickly versus quality work fine well.

Sometimes a startup is founded by a senior developer with a strong tech background, Be it development or AI. That works well in leading the software development team and getting work done and making technology-related decisions, But soon enough it becomes obvious , yet not mentioned, that They too require a technically sound individual who would spearhead the projects, that understands the business and client side of things and takes managerial decisions to the next level To achieve their goals.

CTO (Chief Technology Officer) , responsibility is to lead the strategy, architecture and product stack for Technical teams and R & D teams of an organization. They will identify and lead the business and technological needs, think in short & long term goals, visions and strategies of the organization , utilize the capital investments of the organization and achieve the key agreed upon business objectives.

Do you have a great idea for a product or mobile app, but don’t know how to get started ?

Or did you develop the product or app or MVP with a low budget, and now you realize that the design is insufficient, can’t scale and isn’t ready for the next level of your product?

Do you need personnel with years of technical leadership to help you meet with investors, assess your vendors, develop technical roadmaps, build product strategy or help build out your product teams ?

Do you want someone to be flexible and not have to be tied to long-term contracts? Do you need to pay only for what you use?

Many of the business tycoons or successful entrepreneurs have faced these situations at the infant stage of their startups. In order to tackle these challenges, CTO as a Service has been a lifeline of Sorts.

Why hire a Virtual CTO ?

Having a tech-business savvy individual as a cofounder is not always possible for every startup or SMEs. Most of these technology-centered firms have little or no money to acquire a full-time CTO. Or it was a friend of a friend who just took the title.

Another reason is that startups have a few resources in their bundle with no differentiation of positions. The same resource can be working as the manager and developer while the founder who is a non-technical personnel can deal with the sales and marketing operations.

Early on, there might be no real requirements of a permanent full-time CTO. So they chose to hire a part-time or Consulting CTO. It’s basically a Virtual CTO. This Virtual CTO helps startups design, develop, expand, troubleshoot and mentor their technical teams, help build and scale product and engineering teams and turn ideas and dreams into reality. This serves as a cost-effective option for startups or small organizations.

CaaS stands for CTO as a service and refers to hiring a part time Or virtual CTO. CaaS provides the assistance of a technical business consultant to focus on technology-driven challenges, strategies and leading the organizations vision, roadmap and timelines in line with their business targets.

CTO as a Service (CaaS) helps achieve the following objectives :

Develop a business plan by estimating costs and timelines for the company’s technology development and deployment. Think of it as startup roadmap and business vision planning

Provide expert suggestions on the development platform for the business

Help & recommend how to lead, manage, scale and support dedicated product and engineering teams

Establish best practice policies , processes and standards for software architectures, coding conventions, documentation requirements, AI/ML models and planning and quality assurance processes at the very beginning of the project

Ensure business scales with growth and survives investors’ technical due diligence reviews

Provide technological and business recommendations for the product or mobile app if it’s already developed but the technology is out of date

Provide advice on technology, business and product related issues

Key Benefits of Virtual CTO :

Delivers value of a CTO while eliminating the cost incurred by hiring a permanent CTO

Help address the technology and business related issues faced

The main benefits of hiring a Consulting CTO or Fractional CTO :

Business and technology performance growth

Deliver immediate value through experience at a lower cost

Helps Develop your own leadership & talent development plan

Keep Investors happy with long-term financial planning and realistic roadmap

Reduced operational risks and improved risk mitigation strategy

Oversee the industry market trends and transform the business

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VR helping seniors battle loneliness while sheltering in place

One of the largest advocates for senior citizens is diving into virtual reality today with the release of Alcove for Oculus Quest, a free app that helps friends and families entertain themselves — and each other — while sheltering in place.

https://venturebeat.com/2020/08/20/alcove-for-oculus-quest-entertains-pandemic-bound-seniors-with-vr/Oculus Quest

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Why Hospitals and healthcare need Artificial Intelligence now

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a phenomenal move in the manner shoppers view and access an assortment of products, solutions and ventures—and health services for humans or pets is no exemption.

Late examinations show that numerous patients, including weaker populaces like those living with malignancy, are deferring suggested care and strategies—and will keep on doing as such for in any event a while in the midst of fears over the security of in-person visits.

Accordingly, reports of suppliers adjusting to offer consideration for all intents and purposes are altogether the more typical, with practically 50% of doctors currently treating patients through telemedicine stages, up from only 20 percent in 2019.

These patterns have hardened virtual and remote considerations as a backbone, and accordingly, the virtual telemedicine visit has become a norm—a help that can be given by numerous fit merchants.

In any case, the coordinations that power the reception of virtual considerations are regularly neglected. As medicinal services executives go to telemedicine to continue “non-critical” human services administrations, we should guarantee that top tier innovation arrangements are used to improve the virtual consideration experience—for suppliers, clinical staff, and, significantly, patients.

Health and Wellbeing frameworks and their infrastructure systems face huge operational issues when conveying care in a far off setting, because of the scope of expected communications and decent variety of gadgets—adding to the effectively perceived authoritative weight that accompanies routine patient consideration.

With every patient visit comes over twelve manual assignments, including persistent admission and enlistment, in-visit clinical note composing, just as back-office charging and guarantees preparing. The virtual visit includes considerably more advances, for example, helping patients get to the proper innovation for a two-way video interface or sending custom connects to a “virtual sitting area” at the correct time.

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Better Training, Recruiting, & Onboarding with Artificial Intelligence, Virtual & Augmented Reality

COVID-19 and everything else going on in 2020 has accelerated the integration of VR, AR, MR and AI. In the fields of corporate training, HR recruitment and onboarding the adoption of interactive immersive technologies is picking up speed rapidly.

This trend is not only being driven by covid19 quarantines – but also by the promise of a better interactive and scalable way of finding and analyzing candidates, matching their personas with recommended opportunities and finally training and onboarding these new hires in a far more interactive useful scenario.

In this post, we look at what immersive interactive technology is, why it’s valuable and exciting, and how it can be used to find, train , and onboard the best talent.

What is interactive immersive technology ?

Immersive technology is an integration of Various digital content and assets with an alignment and philosophy relating to the physical world in a way that allows the visitor or actor – who accesses the content or asset via a headset, mobile phone, or other digital device – to engage, collaborate and participate with a completely virtual or ‘mixed’ reality environment.

Immersive technologies include:

  • Virtual reality (VR) :
    immerses visitors and actors in a fully
    artificial digital realm or 360-degree video
  • Augmented reality (AR) :
    overlays virtual objects with the real-world
  • Mixed reality (MR) :
    overlays and anchors virtual objects with the real world

Research has proven that the use of interactive immersive technologies for education and training significantly improves knowledge retention and confidence levels whilst reducing skill fade, anxiety and interest levels.

Social distancing restrictions have driven the rapid growth of interactive immersive training, remote learning and soft-skills training via virtual or augmented mixed-reality solutions and platforms, but there is a bountiful very real return on investment (ROI) it brings to individuals , entrepreneurs and organizations.

Interactive immersive technology applications for business

Post Covid and everything else, the most successful entrepreneurs and organizations are going to be those that seize effective alternatives to face-to-face events and meetings, training , onboarding and conferencing.

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality tools are leagues apart from more traditional video conferencing platforms. Zoom has been huge during 2020, but it’s not interactive or immersive.

The VR & AR solutions offer an interactive and highly effective and simulated training, onboarding and conferencing environment for visitors.

Integrating immersive technology into an organizations recruitment and hiring process is a natural next step. From catching the attention of the brightest young students to using AI-driven insights to finding and recommending the perfect candidate, the potential for positive industry disruption is upon us.

Immersive technology to attract potential new candidates

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Finding and reaching out to young potential candidates (especially college students) will require a more interactive immersive and gamification like challenges and incentives. It’s a great way for organizations to speak directly to their target candidates and hires.

The creation and personification of customized VR and AR recruiting games allows visitors , actors and players to try their hand at tasks that employees may encounter on a daily basis. This is far better than some behavioral analysis interview exam or a coding test that was outdated 20 years ago.

This is a great way to create a cool brand and better visibility into your cool innovative organization. Individuals who enjoy playing the game and the interview process are also more likely to not only apply for a position with the organization but also speak in a positive light about the brand and style.

This method of recruitment outreach is highly effective and scalable, as visitors, actors and players can access the content from a mobile device or tablet or laptop as well as any brand of VR headset like an oculus quest.

After catching the attention of potential applicants using VR and AR technology, the same tools can also be used on the next stage of the recruitment process.

It is logistically challenging and very expensive to host potential candidates for visits to your company premises, especially in a global candidate remote work kind of world. Yet the majority of applicants will want to experience their potential future working environment in one form or another. What’s the company like, what about culture, team , collaboration and communication?

So utilizing a custom-made 360-degree VR video with unique audio, and experiences it is possible to offer a realistic and attractive interactive experience where potential candidates can access on any digital device. This gives organizations the chance to show off their environment, facilities, opportunities and locality in a controlled well designed manner. It encourages potential applicants to visualize themselves as a part of the organization’s environment.

Immersive technology for hiring

So now the potential applications have landed in the HR inbox, the insights and analysis has narrowed down the candidate pool, so now what ?

The real HR challenge is looking past the CV resume to assess those really important personal, professional and fit qualifications.

The traditional recruiting assessment model no longer works and now remote skill evaluations, exams and tests accessed by potential candidates already exist. It’s time to think in VR and AR and how virtual reality recruiting platforms will have a better return on the HR recruiting process. Gone are the expensive and time-consuming group challenges and individual tests, with their need for travel and in-person all day measuring the bigger ego stick interview days.

In 2020 and beyond, top organizations are embracing interactive intelligent immersive experiences.

A company may choose to design and personalize their very own interactive experience scenario for potential recruits to engage with using their mobile phones.

The experience would say involve the navigation of a virtual reality environment – maybe a storage warehouse and interaction with digitized ‘boxes or logistical processes ’, and the manipulation of virtual ‘assets and models ’. It’s like a warehouse digital twin.

The interactive experience would test working knowledge of the specific industry, as well as the ability to synthesise information, processes , collaboration, and communication.

Money saving opportunities are also an attractive reason to explore virtual recruitment options, and that the scalable, low-input nature of the technology stands to benefit rapidly-scaling organizations.

Artificial intelligence with VR for better hiring process insights

Humans can be inconsistent and unpredictable in their judgements of other people. And it’s Nearly impossible if there are 1,000 openings around the globe and 100k random applications and possible candidates.

Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, Natural language processing, chatbots and automaton integrated within the hiring process, improves things tenfold.
Embedding procedural AI generation and automation into VR and AR, and integrating a more streamlined process to gather and analyze a ton of meaningful big data will build a better more efficient recruiting process.

A candidate could use the VR AI recruiting solution to visit a conference room, where the interviewer (or a computer avatar) would ask the usual interview questions.

Behind the scenes the AI models and algorithms would analyze vocal intonation, sentiment, subconscious body language sensors and verbal utterance in order to properly evaluate the candidate on any number of metrics. Metric based fair Scores and recommendations could be produced in parallel to build better performance scores from previous challenges designed to assess physical dexterity or verbal reasoning capacities, and used to underpin the final decision making process.

So why Pagarba Solutions ?

It’s essential to collaborate with companies, such as Pagarba Solutions, that are positioned at the forefront of research and innovation in the immersive technology (VR, AR & AI) space.

We are perfectly placed to support HR and recruiting departments with a design first philosophy in implementing their new virtually intelligent recruitment technology. Our extensive knowledge and experience in designing and developing effective training, education and onboarding Intelligent interactive mixed reality solutions is why you should contact us today.

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