“What practical application does it have?” Virtual Reality (VR) enthusiasts and users continue to answer this question. In the past few years, Virtual Reality has been able to answer this question in the form of training applications for employees in various industries through the ability to transport a user to an entirely new computer generated or video recorded world complete with interactive capabilities. These are just 4 of the industries where Virtual Reality training applications have been used successfully!
VR’s ability to completely immersive an individual in an entirely new and real-life situations presents a huge opportunity for the healthcare sector, especially in the case of training simulations. Emergency responders can repeatedly train in almost identical scenarios to what they will experience on a daily basis. Surgeons can practice various procedures all while receiving real-time feedback and instructions, and doctors are able to experience dealing with a multitude of patients in various situations and circumstances.
Real-life simulations aren’t the only way Virtual Reality’s visualization capabilities are able to affect and train healthcare workers. Both medical students and healthcare professionals are able to view the anatomy of a human body in a three-dimensional setting complete with different views of body parts. These views are able to show the mechanism of action (MOA) for various diseases and body parts giving a completely unique and impactful perspective on disease states and how our body functions. Below is a Virtual Reality MOA video for a migraine our team put together to show this new perspective!
Whether it’s operating heavy machinery such as a crane or physically moving and constructing pieces of the building by hand, a simple mistake or lapse in judgement can result in serious injury and financial costs. Virtual Reality is able to alleviate some of these dangers new construction employees face on a job site. VR training demos are able to put workers directly into these situations to help them learn the correct responses and actions. What sets Virtual Reality apart from other construction training techniques is the interactive capability. Employees can use objects that feel identical to their work tools while inside the VR environment resulting in a more realistic and impactful training simulation.
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Retail and Hospitality
If you have ever made a last-minute dash to the store during the holidays to pick up a gift, then you understand the chaotic environment that a retail employees experience. From simple greetings to people throwing objects and stampedes during the holidays, training for these various situations can be difficult. VR training simulations allow all of these situations to be simulated and run through multiple times with the viewer in the center of the action. These simulations are able to cut the training time significantly as all the employees can view scenarios and their progress can be tracked.
With an increasing amount of competition, athletic teams (regardless of whether they are on the college or professional level) are trying anything they can to gain a competitive advantage. Virtual Reality applications are no exception. Multiple NFL and college football teams around the country have implemented 360degree cameras at practice to give quarterbacks a better feel for blitzing and defensive packages. Not to be outdone, NBA and college basketball teams are using VR to simulate in game situations and opportunities. The ability to put a player into a variety of in-game situations has helped teams become more effective.
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The adaption of Virtual Reality for training purposes is still relatively new and many companies have been hesitant to use the technology. For all of these industries above, Virtual Reality has been proven to be an effective delivery tool for extremely valuable training simulations and lessons. Look for more industries to adopt Virtual Reality for their training needs. Will your’s be next?