What can VR and AR do for training?
March 21st, 2023

As increasing numbers of businesses recognise the potential of VR and AR immersive technologies, they continue to gain significant traction as a training tool.

Post-pandemic, permanent integration of technology into the workplace has enabled hybrid working to become more widespread. This allows for immersive training experiences to be available remotely in diverse and varied settings – providing flexible and perhaps surprisingly cost-effective training opportunities for many businesses.

Almost infinitely customisable and modifiable, VR and AR apps can present 3D models, interactions, and unparalleled user engagement through incredible immersive experiences.

Using VR headsets, virtual reality allows for total immersion in training simulations which have been tailor-made for the context. This gives a business complete control over both the interactions taking place and their content.

Although historically, criticism has been levelled at headsets for being costly and occasionally disorientating for some users, as they lower in price and increase in capability, they become a very feasible investment as a training tool.

Via the appropriate hardware, finger tracking, and haptics, as well as body, face, and eye movements, give a remarkable first-person experience. This generates high levels of realism and accessibility – safely – in a practically unlimited range of scenarios.

As an alternative to using VR for training, AR – augmented reality – is partially rather than fully immersive. AR enables 3D content to be experienced in existing, real-life scenarios and locations with the relevant addition of virtual objects, therefore overlaying the real world with the information required for a particular training situation.

With augmented reality, access to training is not limited to a headset and can be achieved through various mobile devices such as PCs, smartphones, and wearable smart glasses. This allows for training to be made available on most ubiquitous tablets and mobiles – making access portable and adaptable.

Clearly, VR and AR technology already has huge potential as a training tool in many contexts – from safety, to hazard, to human resources, to medical surgery. Depending on the context and the required outcome, either VR or AR may lend itself more specifically to an individual company’s unique requirements, with training solutions targeted to maximise the benefits of this incredible technology.

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