The health crisis that we are experiencing is causing some innovations, from many areas, which had a very modest pace of implementation, to burst out at once.
We have seen this with teleworking, for example, which despite its many virtues, was hardly being considered by companies. Or the online training platforms, which although they were already being used, with the closure of the educational centres have become indispensable.
Is VR here to Stay?
In this context, certain technologies can join the wave to occupy a position they have been claiming for some time. This is the case of virtual reality (VR), which can play a role in facilitating teleworking and online training.
It is time to realize the benefits of this technology, which enables an immersive experience capable of recreating any scene, either through the generation of 3D virtual environments or through video or 360 º photography. Its potential lies in the fact that it offers virtual experiences without leaving home, which is why it is presented as a solution in accordance with “the circumstances of social isolation of these days.
In addition, it transcends the individual sphere, projecting itself as a tool at the service of collective training and experiential learning.
Thanks to RV, nowadays it is already possible to make simultaneous connections to collective and tutored sessions, which allows us to talk about RV as a reasonable and complementary training option for business and educational environments, even more so in situations as complex as the ones we live in, with employees and students isolated at home.
A technology open to any sector
The potential of RV, due to its ability to recreate any type of environment, is immense, as it can generate from totally disruptive brand experiences, and therefore relevant for consumers and clients, to learning experiences in any sector, whether in the business or academic world.
Its implementation, although at a slow pace, is growing.
Many studies, such as the one carried out by the VR & Learning National Training Laboratory, conclude that VR can provide significant benefits, both for the work training environment and in terms of education:
- It allows for virtual training in a remote location, without the need for a worker or group to travel to a specific space.
- It facilitates knowledge retention, since through experimentation the retention level can reach 75%.
- It reduces the learning curve by avoiding distractions.
- It allows the tutor to control the whole experience.
The Classes of The Future
Therefore, at this point, the class of the future may not look much like the class of today. These will be marked by three aspects. On the one hand, immersion, which is the most decisive feature of this technology. On the other hand, the involvement that comes with being able to live situations in which the reactions to our actions take place in real time, which involves us in the experience in a unique way.
And, finally, the feeling of experience, since once we take off our helmets, many of us feel what we have lived through as a memory or an experience of something that we have come to feel as real.
As we can see, the imposition of measures such as teleworking or virtual training can be a luxury opportunity for RV to show what it is capable of.
In the case of Simlab IT, in addition to VR with the development, updates and optimized versions of VR to adapt any type of academic curriculum or training, they also work on augmented reality, and mixed reality solutions, and so far have been trusted by companies such as Airbus, the University of Tampere, or the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Thus, the future of VR looks promising. It only remains to be seen whether this global health crisis will trigger a growth that has been very modest until now, or whether we will have to wait any longer.
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