Health Security for XR Co-Working Spaces

Lance G Powell Jr
9 min readMar 2, 2020

In the domain of hotels and food service, there has been a long practice of regulating their cleanliness and the health and safety implications have become important enough to warrant their own departments such as the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Services) in the United States. Despite the existence of such government bodies, the majority of our interactions with hospitality services relies on trust and market correction. For example, if a waiter spit-shines the dinnerware or there are bedbugs within the sheets of your Air B&B, you would never consider repeat business to the establishment and would likely take your complaint to Yelp, Tripadvisor, or another platform. Though failures within this system are frequent, a high standard of cleanliness is to the benefit of all parties and, furthermore, it’s an expected part of hospitality services.

Public and shared spaces for XR have risen substantially since 2016, in some places to the point of becoming commonplace. VR has established itself as a visualization tool for products, architecture, and enterprise, so it is often found on the floor of expo centers and conferences. Museums and galleries have embraced VR as means of distributing and experiencing visual art while location-based VR and immersive gaming pods have popped up in shopping centers and amusement sites. To our interests, XR has been sprouting within the facilities of educational institutions in the form of XR labs, hackathons, and bootcamps. While people inhabiting spaces designated to education in XR have diverse backgrounds and capabilities with regard to tidiness, the members and directorship of these XR spaces must dedicate themselves to a high standard of hygiene since it is a matter of safety and a fair indicator of a lab’s effectiveness. To emphasize, there has been heightened attention (or I daresay panic) in the media due to the outbreak of disease. An untidy and contaminated workspace is going to discourage potential visitors and business interests from XR and the spaces that contain them.

VR First at BAU (Left) Six Flags Magic Mountain (Right)

While VR rides and exhibition spaces are accustomed to a stream of visitors and, to varying levels of success, have a procedure in place for handling…

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Lance G Powell Jr

Graduate of Cognitive Science, SocialVR Researcher/Designer/Enthusiast. Also, a Writer of Books and Father of One.