VR Headsets

VR, which stands for virtual reality, is a technology used for animation and 3D modeling that allows one to seemingly immerse themselves into a 3D scene for a more realistic experience. Typically, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of VR is the virtual reality headset.

Increasingly, virtual reality environments are experienced through VR headsets, or goggles. These can be dedicated headsets, like the Oculus VR system and the HTC Vive. Alternatively, a headset adaptor and mobile app software can turn a smartphone into a 3D display, like Samsung’s Gear VR system.

These headsets enable the wearer to see three dimensional images which give an illusion of depth of perception. For example, if the wearer is using virtual reality for architectural purposes then they will be able to view a building at different angles and walk through or around it.

Many people have already experienced virtual reality games, and VR is of growing importance for training and education in fields like medicine, engineering, and the sciences. Some of the world’s leading technology companies — including Microsoft, Sony, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Samsung — are spending heavily to develop VR equipment and applications.

Do we really need them?

Despite the “cool” aspects of using virtual reality headsets, the practical reality (pun intended) is that in most cases the headset is not needed for industrial training. The limitations far outweigh the benefits. First, consider the cost of utilizing headsets while need to train 50 or more employees. Next, what if those employees are in different locations? Finally, what the people you need to train (or test) are not even your employees? Perhaps they are candidates, or third-party contractors.

Bottom line, a well-designed 3D experience can be as immersive and engaging and well satisfy all your learning objectives without the added expense of additional technology. Don’t get caught up “chasing technology” just because it can be done doesn’t mean we need to do it. Immersive learning is critical to transfer knowledge to the next generation of workers/learners, however, let us guide you through a practical approach on how you can do that most cost effectively.