While virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR respectively) are still in their relative infancy stages, they show incredible promise in the workplace, particularly in the arena of training. Both big businesses and government entities are already adopting the technology for both high risk and low-risk scenarios. Here are three ways VR and AR are poised to revolutionize corporate training.
Generally speaking, we learn more from our mistakes than our successes, and we learn best by doing. In truth, no matter what you do, you are bound to make mistakes when you are first learning. In some jobs, however, even the smallest mistakes can cost lives. VR training allows surgeons to perfect even the most delicate procedures without risk of human life. Pilots can be thrown in all manner of situations, without million dollar training facilities and without risking their own lives or anyone else’s.
VR technology allows salespeople to interact with AI “customers’ to see how they perform in various situations and get immediate feedback from trainers who watch them perform. Security guards can be better trained to deal with any number of real-life scenarios under the watchful eye of a supervisor at a fraction of the cost of current training methods. Most current training models may teach you what to do, but they can’t immerse you in the experience to see how you react. VR and AR can, which allows trainers to give them specific feedback to help them develop better reactions or handle things better.
More Realistic Experience
The US military doesn’t just teach soldiers how to react in a combat zone, they simulate combat conditions and run soldiers through them again and again until the right reaction becomes second nature. The beauty of VR is that it tricks your brain into fully believing you are in a situation that does not exist. In the space of just an hour, a delivery driver in training can deal with another driver running a red light, snow, and ice on the road or even feel all the packages in a van shift as they take a corner a little too fast. Then they can be run through the same scenarios again and again until the right reactions become second nature.