The edge that early adopters had over competitors in adopting VR and other smart technologies stands to shrink considerably in the next year thanks to simulated environments. And if you look closely, you can already see it happening – with the latest blockbuster, Ready Player One, heralding things to come.
Immersive Isn’t Far Away
Immersive online environments that were the stuff of Sci Fi ten years ago have transitioned from the realm of possibility to reality, with businesses recognizing how valuable simulated training can be to their bottom line, as they offer the ability to train technicians anywhere at any time and at an individual’s own pace. They also enhance retention, as doing is so much more effective than just being told about something or reading it.
Ready Player One, the novel, speaks to not-so-next-level immersive environments, where gaming so closely mimics reality, it becomes not only gaming, but an educational and lifestyle interactive hub. The movie shows these environments in action. And it’s sure to inspire innovation, as anyone with a bit of experience using an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can see that multi-directional floor mats and body rigs can’t be far off.
Are the emotional connections and suspension of reality that participants feel in a movie something we can expect in our own immersive training? In Ireland, students are not only using virtual reality to learn, but to develop empathy.
But what does a classroom in Ireland have to do with my business in Ohio? And –why virtual reality?
Why virtual reality?
There are many questions to ask yourself before considering interactive virtual training, but for starters (as mentioned) the cost savings are substantial. That’s enough incentive for many to explore 3d interactive training as an option, but the benefits go well beyond that.
Imagine you have a business process that’s fairly routine – and boring – but extremely essential for technicians to master. Imagine further that this training changed often (even ever so slightly) and you had zero room for error. You don’t really need to imagine as it’s happening all around you today, with technology pushing forward at the speed of light.
Now imagine you were able to make technicians not only interested but eager to participate in trainings, while also saving on travel costs and equipment downtime. It sounds like something too good to be true, but maybe once you see technicians clamoring for brake inspection training (yes really), you’ll change your mind. It sure made an impression on the folks at Norfolk Southern:
“The level of engagement has been a surprise. An instructor observed a conductor training with the simulation before class even started.” (they were engaged and excited to learn)
Manager of Technical Training, Norfolk Southern
The question really isn’t “why virtual reality” but more of a “how and when will you get there?” Please read our CEO’s blog on the recommended VR/AR roadmap.
It’s a visionary leap – and one many businesses are primed to take. Are you ready, player one? That leaderboard is already filling up. Hope to see your name there soon! Reach out and we’ll help you get there.