4 Key Features your Business MUST Consider Before Buying Virtual Reality Headsets
As businesses across the globe are adopting VR into their workflow, we’re here to help you understand what you MUST consider before purchasing a VR headset for your company.
(Read: VR offers great benefits for businesses and transforms the way we do work.)
Below are 4 key hardware usability features to consider.
1. Input methods and types
It’s important to check if the headset has an input method compatible with your operating system. Some headsets only work with Windows while others may require an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet computer instead.
User inputs will differ by headset type, and there’s no official standard yet across all products. However, you should make sure the user inputs are intuitive and easy to use while wearing the headset. For example, if you’re using a joystick or a head movement system to control where you look in a VR environment, it should be easy to do so without removing the headset or feeling physically uncomfortable. There should also be enough options for user input so that users can complete tasks without unnecessary difficulty or frustration.
This is especially important for companies that use their VR headsets for employee training purposes. If your employees are going to be moving from one place to another with their headsets on a regular basis, then your headsets should be lightweight and comfortable to wear over extended periods of time.
There are many different types of hardware out there, including headsets and gloves. Make sure that you choose equipment that can be easily moved around your office, or even taken home by employees.
3. Accessibility for users with disabilities or impairments
Accessibility refers to how easy it is for users with disabilities or impairments (e.g., low vision, hearing loss, physical impairments) to access the content presented by virtual reality. For example, some VR systems have text-to-voice functionality, voice recognition, and activation, closed captioning, color contrast, and other features to make sure all members of your team can access the VR features.
4. An efficient interface
Employees must be able to easily access content without needing assistance from other members of the team. A complicated interface can prevent employees from getting started with a task or hinders their ability to complete a task efficiently.
Your VR interface should provide users with an easy way to navigate around content, interact with objects in virtual space, and access information about them. Additionally, it should give users access to all the tools they need without having to leave what they are currently doing so that they can stay focused without having interruptions.
Take the Next Step
VR technology is being used across industries to improve access and quality of procedures and methods and streamline manufacturing processes. But as valuable as VR can be in the workplace, it’s important to understand that not all hardware and software are created equal. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment in this innovative technology, you need to choose hardware and software that have certain key features. Contact ConcannonXR today for more assistance with your VR strategy, hardware and software selection, and deployment.