The future of work in VR

How does work look like in VR (virtual reality)? How will jobs, offices, workplaces and tasks change, if we're seeing and perceiving reality differently through VR glasses? We are going to risk a brief glimpse into our digital future of work and evaluate the possibilities of the virtual reality technology.

What we do, what we want and feel, how we live and work is influenced by our perception and the technology, that surrounds us. Technology and innovation, that change our experience of seeing, change our life as well. One of the biggest optical developments of our time, now and for the future, is the VR technology.

Seeing digital surfaces in virtual reality environments will change everything, from the entertainment industry to service design to the definition of different aspects of work. We will not just be gaming or watching movies but challenge basic aspects of our life. Our digital daily life and work life will be highly influenced by these new optical possibilities.

10 to 20 years from now the following jobs could have been changed completely and look like this:


We imagine architects creating buildings, cities, landscapes and rooms around them in VR and wandering through their virtual work. We imagine them perceiving how it could look and feel like to walk through a not yet build house, to discover the beauty of a not yet created park. Seeing the design from every perspective and angle, recognizing every detail, being inspired by the big picture.

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We imagine doctors discovering the reasons of diseases completely different, examining their patients through a 360-degree perspective. We imagine them looking through the eyes of nano-cameras gathering a lot of inner information for a way more holistic diagnosis.

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We imagine teachers inviting their students into virtual realities, being able to not just explain but show them the wonders of the human genome, the universe or the details of an eye. We imagine ancient times, physical experiments or virtual situations for learning languages becoming tangible and way easier to understand.

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Police officer

We imagine police detectives seeing every detail of a crime scene and gathering every information they need to solve the case through VR, developing a way more direct connection between the crime and the way it happened.

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We imagine artists creating new and unseen forms of artwork in their virtual realities letting viewers walk through, perceive differently, seeing ideas. Movies around us, novels to feel, music, that is expressed through virtual colors and movements.

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ZEISS as developer of the VR One is well known as one of the most important players in the market and connects it's 170 years companies experience in the field of optics with the latest innovations. Combining the VR One with a smartphone this technology creates new and unseen perceptions and digital adventures.

Seeing will be the most important sense of the future – that’s what futurologist Nick Sohnemann says. Find out about his predictions and take a glimpse into tomorrow’s work life.


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