ONCE A MONTH, WE CHECK IN ON OUR INNOVATIVE TEAM, DUDE LABS, TO SEE WHAT THEY’RE UP TO AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THEIR CURRENT EXPERIMENTS.
Who doesn’t wish they could see into the future?
Just think of movies like the Back to the Future series, Groundhog Day, 13 Going on 30 or most sci-fi films. We’re all intrigued by what the future will hold, and some of us would even go to great lengths to figure out what’s next.
At Dude Labs, our team focused on innovation at Dude Solutions, they live in the world of the future. They even push us all to reimagine that future with technology that solves problems faster and easier.
Dude Vision at Dude University
At our recent user conference with more than 1,000+ of our clients (and friends), we centered the four-day event around the theme of the future of operations. Attendees walked up a flight of stairs labeled “The Future Starts Here” and heard plenty of speakers talk about what’s coming up that’s exciting in the world of operations.
Dude Labs took that a step further with our first virtual reality experience at Dude University as part of their Innovation Station.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried VR, but I have only tried it once, and it only lasted about 10 seconds because it made me so dizzy.
Dude Labs did a great job of keeping your feet on the ground so to speak with “Dude Vision,” Dude-like googles that were a VR headset connected to statistics about roof maintenance. The graphs popped out in distinct colors and offered helpful analytics about preventive maintenance, asset details and more.
As attendees discovered, it was really like peering into the future of what work may look like in the next 5-10 years as technology advances and we begin to see more than just what’s literally in front of us.
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Data Coming to Life
Another secondary theme of the conference was the importance of data. We had several sessions and talks on data-driven maintenance and data-driven decision-making.
We know that clients are at different stages with collecting operations data and using it to make decisions, so it was fun to see them get a sneak peek of what data looks like when it comes to life through virtual reality.
The word data can often be weighed down by overwhelming expectations to sift through thousands of numbers to find something out. But at Dude Solutions, we want to shift that to the power of data to graphically represent your work in a way that shows the good you’re doing and how you can do so more effectively.
Here's to the future!
If you're a Dude client and interested in working with Dude Labs, you can sign up to be a part of our Facility Innovator group. Check back in next month for another update from the lab.