Technological innovation has changed the way we use digital tools to solve problems in companies. One of these great technological promises is Augmented Reality!
With the advancement of this technology, companies are revolutionizing their training programs by providing effective training with the help of augmented reality, combined with Virtual Reality and even Mixed Reality.
What is augmented reality (AR)
Augmented reality is the overlap of digital content over the physical world, expanding the meaning of things. Such content can be interactive objects, 3D elements, a simple instruction, or just a link to fully digital content.
Often Augmented Reality is confused with Virtual Reality, or even Mixed Reality. Although all technologies use digital content, these are different approaches.
Experience Devices Examples
Virtual Reality (VR)
– Different types of VR glasses, with different interesting features
– Interactive 3D experiences or 360 ° videos. The videos can help people improve their business. Usually provided by a VR agency.
Augmented Reality (AR)
– Mobile phones, tablets and AR glasses with projections on their lens. A good example is the RealWear HMT-1 Remote Support AR Smartglass. This is a set of head mounted tools that are equipped with smart glasses that can take videos and screenshots in HD quality and in low band width conditions. This device is a hands free device that can be operated only with voice commands. Resistant to dusty, hot and cold environments, this device is very suitable to be applied in extreme environments, for example mining. The tool is supported by AR Remote Support.
– Apps that show objects on markers and surfaces
Mixed Reality (MR)
– Different types of MR glasses with cameras
— Reproduction of reality inside an MR glasses
How AR can be used in corporate training
Many guides and processes often need to be consulted in the environment where the process takes place. This is the case for industries and processes with equipment and instruments, where the operator needs to identify a situation and make the correct decision for the process.
Generally in these cases, the operator has a book or guide to consult. But what if he could access the information in the context where the process takes place? This is one of the applications of Augmented Reality.
Through markers and other forms of identification, the operator can bring visual and textual information about the process that needs to be performed, have a scale preview of the equipment to be sure of what should be done. Another situation may be regarding equipment maintenance, where each step of the procedure could be previously assisted through virtual reality, as well as lockout and tagout procedures.
Augmented reality can be a great ally of corporate training and the possibilities associated with this technology are fascinating. It is redefining the way we see and interact with the world around us and, considering the importance of off and online learning, there are now viable solutions that combine both worlds. The technology is really a future for us.