Published on March 2nd, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
The Dawn of Virtual Reality for Training
Training departments are consistently being asked to achieve more but with reduced budgets and shorter timelines. In this post at vrvisiongroup.com, Lorne Fade reports how virtual reality solutions can help with those challenges by providing alternatives that are safer, smarter and oftentimes cheaper and faster. Firefighters can practice without the danger of a real blaze. Surgeons can learn without the use of a human specimen. The list of advantages using VR is long and growing. It’s time to add your idea to the list.
We’re living in the Age of Machines and Technology, but it’s not turning out the way that the movies of the 80s and 90s might have imagined. Instead of being taken over by Terminators, we’re using technologies like AI and VR/AR to aid our daily life through ways we couldn’t have imagined (even for science fiction).
Virtual and augmented reality has given us a way to experience situations and scenarios without having to be physically present. This has opened up a wealth of opportunities for training and education that applies to a variety of different industries, including healthcare and aeronautics.
Almost every industry alive can apply virtual and augmented reality to create specific training scenarios; in this sense, you can picture the X-Men stepping through for a training program – or Neo in the Matrix waking up saying, “I know Kung-Fu.”
Virtual Reality – accessible with VR hardware like the Oculus Quest and software specifically made for the training at hand – has the potential to impact so many industries to make training easier than it’s ever been and to bring training to companies all over the world.
Here’s more about why an increasing number of businesses are choosing to incorporate VR into their training programs – and why even more companies and industries should seriously consider it.
Why Use VR?
Why use Virtual Reality?
It’s cool! That’s one of the first reasons why people look into it in the first place. But that’s not the only reason to use it.
Virtual Reality makes training across several industries…
> Easier for students and instructors
> Cheaper to implement & scalable
> Less dangerous for practical situational training
Virtual reality allows for a lot of situations that could have been dangerous, impractical or just costly to pull off as a real-life exercise. The same things can be taught or instructed in with the help of VR – minus all of the drawbacks that would have come with doing these training exercises in real life.
To illustrate this in practice, Flight Simulators may have been one of the earliest examples of virtual reality that can be useful for something in practice. With the right equipment, the practical ins-and-outs of taking off, flying and landing can be taught with similar software.
What other industries can you, the reader, think of that this can be useful for?
Most people would get the answer right: The answer is for all of them.
The Potential Uses of Virtual Reality for Training
The potential uses for virtual and augmented reality in the workspace means that no worker has to ever be placed in immediate danger – or even in controlled physical danger – for a training exercise.
It also means that nobody ever has to sit through a tedious lesson or class for training other skills. Why bother with reading through lessons when you can place the student right in the middle of a customized immersive training exercise?
An increasing number of companies – both big and small – are seeing the benefit, and virtual reality is becoming more accessible as a result. Today, virtual reality is in the grasp of everyone who can afford a head-set (or put one together using Google Cardboard VR and a simple smartphone combination) and more accessible than ever.
It’s certainly curious and curiouser, to quote Alice. Next, let’s see where the rabbit hole goes and which industries VR is already making a difference in.
Here’s some of what VR can do:
- Therapeutic Uses
One of the first practical, useful uses for virtual reality in the career and training space is through the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat fatigue, phobias and any other condition which requires or benefits from immersible situations to treat.
Patients can “relive” situations without danger and usually with a different, controlled outcome to deal with their trauma better through the aid of VR.