With eXtended Reality or XR, comprising AR, VR and MR, companies can successfully integrate 3D models of real objects to simulate a real life training environment with high accuracy. Experts suggest that highly interactive and visually rich learning modules along with-virtual step-by-step guidance can solve performance issue by simulating complex concepts into real world. It replaces traditional and costly approaches with digital, safe and cost-efficient ones.
The economic behaviour of companies also indicate that more investments are being diverted towards training employees with XR – this is due to the recently realized potential of the technology and its wide adaptability across various sectors and use cases.
A study presented during Western Orthopaedic Association Annual meeting says,
Medical students with VR training: completed surgical procedure 20% faster and 38% more accurately than traditionally trained group
Medical training has conventionally involved a significant amount of imitation to improve surgical skills. This involves working on cadavers to understand how the human body works. XR allows students to develop several medical skills such as surgical training and observation. With simulated surgeries, students can work with artificial, real-time surgeries and become adept at skills they would otherwise not be able to work on unless they were in surgical residency. It also helps them practice common life-saving procedures and understand the human anatomy better. In pharma, expert guidance using AR/VR can help lab technicians to develop drugs with complex chemical solution in right composition and methods. Also for on-board learning in medical device manufacturing, remote assistance through VR and simulated learning modules can ensure high operation efficiency.
Industry research in manufacturing says,
New workers can be trained 30%-40% more efficiently at 1/10th of the cost using AR/VR
With immersive 3D tech, XR can effectively simulate the product mechanism of hundreds of components and allow employees to visualise and understand how they fit with machines. VR learning with AI assistance can help trainee to identify proper tools and parts required for a task. Also visualization into operational data and system technology can give employees a deeper understanding of how every component works allowing them to identify flaws or potential risks in operation before implementation of task.
An extensive application of XR for corporate training has been realised in the automotive industry where it is easy to build physical stereotypes of cars to train floor engineers. It can give employees a chance to train safely, performing procedures repeatedly without having to spend millions of dollars on real vehicles.
Corporate training using XR is no longer in the future – it is widely in use right now. Currently the technology is being used by companies to:
Teach maintenance crews about equipment repair
Practice diagnostic processes in the healthcare industry
Reference complex assembly process in direct field of vision
Train sales representatives on decision making skills
The effectiveness of using XR in corporate training comes down to giving them a practical way to put their understanding to action. Just like how textbook knowledge was better understood through videos, XR is the next evolution of improved retention and practice. With the technology being adaptable by most industries, there are no limitations to how it can be used to improve employee performance.
At AugRay, we have worked with industry-leading companies to help them simulate training environments for risk-free and cost-effective training.
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