Training in the age of social distancing: AR/VR to the rescue

May 13, 2020 // By Julien Happich
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In the age of social distancing, training and maintenance of many complicated tasks and services has come to a standstill. However, there are technological solutions to this problem.

Augmented, virtual and mixed reality headsets can provide an immersive solution for a wide range of different applications, for example, these headsets can be used for remote assistance, remote training, and remote meetings. In their report “Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets and Technologies”, market analysts from IDTechEx discuss 83 different companies and 175 products in VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and MR (mixed reality) markets.

One example of virtual reality for training is in situations which would be difficult to create in real life – for example, firefighting training for oil rigs. As these simulations can be tracked and graded, instructors can provide specific feedback on different scenarios to the trainee. This level of detailed and constructive feedback provides a much clearer and direct way to offer complex training scenarios.

AR, VR and MR have been used for medical training applications. Augmented reality has been used for training for surgical applications, for example, Proprio in Washington ran a pilot program in a few hospitals. This company provides imaging tools to help surgeons to see through any objects and create surgical plans. The platform also has AI intelligence and analyses any 3D rendering, storing it and sharing the surgical data in real-time.

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