Important Considerations For Implementing Virtual Reality In Training

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Important Considerations For Implementing VR In Training

Experienced professionals need continued education and training. A surgeon meeting such requirements can read manuals, watch videos of surgery procedures, and listen to podcasts. However, none of these will give the surgeon a true feeling of the operating room. This also applies to other hazardous professions like fighter pilots, electrical linemen, and so on. These professions, in particular, need to train under realistic conditions in order to perform well at their job. Virtual reality solves this problem to a great extent.

Experiential learning has always yielded better results than passive delivery methods. Virtual training strategies allow learners to practice risky skills without the risk of harm or damage. And, learners retain information better because they get to carry out the full process in a realistic environment.

Where to get started?

Virtual reality training does not have to require a huge initial investment. There are inexpensive technologies that work with smartphones, as well as specialized computer-connected devices that produce a higher-quality experience. Here are a few examples.

Mobile VR headsets

There are many options in the mobile VR space. These headsets are made to be used with a smartphone. Users open the VR app or website on their phone, then situate it into the headset. Mobile VR manufacturers can keep the hardware price low because the smartphone is doing most of the heavy lifting.

Brands include the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View, Homido, and at least a dozen others. You can purchase a mobile VR headset anywhere in the range of $30 to $130. When researching, take into consideration the brand of smartphone you will be using, as some of the headsets are only compatible with specific phones.

Computer-connected devices

To obtain a premium experience, consider investing in a system that works with a computer rather than a smartphone. The three key devices in this space are the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. Compared to mobile VR headsets, these devices offer better head tracking and motion tracking, as well as better graphics quality. Prices for these systems range from $400 to $600.

Why to try it

Virtual reality can make your corporate training successful. It encourages your employees to interact in new ways. An innovative experience, tailored around your corporate goals, is sure to produce a winning training endeavor. The interactivity offered by these devices will make a lasting impression on your learners. They will be eager to learn, plus they will retain and recall knowledge better.

At Designing Digitally, Inc. we create realistic virtual reality training solutions tailored to your requirements. Here is one .

One of our clients came to us with a unique request for training that involved immersive learning outside of what they had tried before. They were looking for an innovative way to train their electrical line workers on how to proficiently cut down the trees around electrical lines in residential areas. They had tried face-to-face training methods but the results were disheartening.

We created a 3D virtual environment solution, Chop and Drop, with game mechanics as a fun way to allow employees to practice cutting the trees around the electrical lines without impacting the bottom line of the organization, hurting people, or damaging equipment. This immersive learning game was developed to allow the electrical line workers to experience a day in the life of doing their jobs in a residential location. This solution was received very well by the employees and it improved the bottom line by decreasing safety violations.

Get in touch with our experts who can create virtual reality training solutions specific to your requirements.