XR Technology: Leveraging the Power To Move People and Organizations Forward
Extended Reality (XR) has greatly evolved over the years, becoming an effective solution for making business improvements. From transforming the way meetings are held and conducted to providing advanced on-the-job training, these devices are reshaping the future of the workplace.
Assisted reality (AR) devices, like RealWear’s HMT-1 headset, have provided teams across the manufacturing, healthcare and automotive industries with a way to access information on-demand via a hands-free mounted display. But as the technology advances, so do the applications and benefits of using enterprise AR and VR devices. Here’s a look at how this technology can help support and grow your team.
Safety Training for Workers
Onboarding and training programs are pivotal for driving productivity and success. For many organizations, however, these programs involve complex machinery, hazardous environments and, for healthcare workers, can potentially put a patient’s life in jeopardy. Training in the field also presents safety issues, as a single mistake can put an employee in harm’s way.
XR technology enables new hires and seasoned staff to put their skills into practice by immersing themselves in real-world scenarios. Leveraging the technology not only improves engagement and knowledge retention, but it also provides employees with a safe space to learn. Employees can interact with their environment, receive on-demand support and reduce the likelihood of human error when on the job.
Assembly line workers, for example, can safely train within a controlled, virtual environment before stepping into the real world. Positions that have a small margin of safety and require immense precision will benefit greatly from the implementation of assisted reality training programs.
Industrial Design & Workflow
In addition to training within a safe and interactive environment, organizations can also utilize AR and VR technology to facilitate and measure the impact of various design decisions.
A recent study used an AR-based training system to evaluate the effectiveness of AR for manual assembly tasks. The researchers found that using an intelligently built AR training program can improve user training performance by 25% while also reducing training time by 30%. This is a massive improvement from the implementation of a single technology.
Companies can also leverage the technology to change workflow and improve processes. In lieu of creating real-life scale models or putting new practices into place before properly analyzing their efficacy, organizations can use virtual environments to simulate different scenarios and determine how suitable they are beforehand.
Collaboration and Support
Field technicians, as well as those who work in warehouse and factory environments, can gain access to pivotal information while performing a task. Whether it be maintenance or repairs, hands-free devices streamline workflow and allow for the exchange of information regardless of location.
Through the use of head-mounted displays and smart glasses, system information, instructions, maps, and data can be displayed over a worker’s environment – providing them with real-time support and feedback. These devices also foster collaborative practices, allowing workers to connect with colleagues who work remotely and can provide troubleshooting guidance.
XR technology has a wide range of applications and benefits – from improving worker productivity to reducing training costs. To learn more about how your organization can use AR and VR devices to increase your bottom line, contact our experts today.