XR for Business News: COVID-19

March 21, 2020 00:06:46
XR for Business News: COVID-19
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XR for Business News: COVID-19
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Show Notes

Most of the world is stuck indoors as the Coronavirus situation looms. Alan has a few words of encouragement for our listeners, and talks briefly about the power XR has to help keep us productive while we flatten the curve.

For more information, check out our past episodes on virtual meeting spaces:

Jacob Loewenstein - Spatial

Jonny Cosgrove - meetingRoom

Gabe Paez - The Wild

Kalle Saarikannas - Glue

Michael C. Cohen - UgoVirtual

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