Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are becoming mainstream and have become a real and meaningful topic in many industries. VR and AR development can be applied towards not just gaming, but also marketing, education, training, safety, and so much more. VR and AR are state-of-the-art technologies that are being improved every day.
In 2014, there were less than one million VR users, but that number has incredibly grown to over 170 million this year according to industry sources. And it is expected to climb even higher over the coming years. Therefore the companies should understand the potential of AR and VR and integrate this tech into their businesses and training plans. Here are some VR and AR trends to watch for in 2019.
In plain language, Virtual Reality (VR) is a three-dimensional, computer-generated representation of physical environments. These environments are immersive, and users can interact with them as if they are real. A variety of VR devices are available on the market, ranging from inexpensive cardboard-based devices, such as Google Cardboard, that work with a smartphone to expensive 8K professional-grade headsets, such as Pixmax Headset.
In most cases, companies want the VR to allow their employees to practice dealing with real-world scenarios without the risk. For example, PaleBlue has developed solutions for the diving industry that use the VR technology. These solutions help commercial divers get industry-approved certificates, run routine procedures in simulator, but also perform specialized training and experience emergency situations. All that without risk to the trainee, location, or equipment.
- Immersive Experiences: Engagement is critical to training outcomes, and the VR-powered immersive training environment boosts engagement.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Workers with tasks in hazardous environments can sharpen their skills without worrying about real-world consequences.
- Reduced Pressure and Enhanced Creativity: Because all training is virtual, workers can take risks they usually wouldn’t take or pursue creative, high-risk solutions to problems.
- Previewing: VR technology allows companies to perform test runs of new initiatives to see how employees respond.
- Accelerated Learning: Because VR is so immersive and compelling, learners have a tendency to absorb information faster and retain what they have learned longer. This is now proven by recent studies.
In reality, the best technology has limited impact if you do not deploy it. VR and AR are poised to be breakthrough technology for training, thanks to their immersive nature and the freedom they offer to practice without worrying about outcomes.