Virtual or Augmented Reality
Virtual reality training typically uses a head-mounted display to immerse a user into a computer-generated environment, often with a full 360-degree view. Augmented reality, sometimes known as mixed reality, allows for the overlay of video, sounds or graphics to help train or inform users while they experience a real-world view or interact with objects. Augmented reality can provide information on demand and into the user’s field of vision through a range of technologies including mobile devices or smart glasses.
Hazardous situations they mitigate:
VR and AR training were among the new technologies that most companies said they were looking into for their employees, according to our research for the Safety Technology 2020 paper.
Why It’s Important: A 2015 study published in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion found VR/AR training more effective than traditional classroom training. Students also showed improved knowledge retention and recall. Similar results for memory retention were found in a 2018 study from University of Maryland researchers, published in the journal Virtual Reality.
VR/AR safety training also can:
AR wearables can specifically allow for:
Types of VR/AR training include (Wang, et al., 2018):
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Hazardous Work Training: VR and AR training are among a slew of new technologies helping to enhance worker health and safety. This report looks at the use of VR and AR for hazardous work training. Download the report.
The Safety Application of Immersive Technology Series explores immersive technology and its ability to help save worker lives. Watch the webinars.