Embracing The Future – Moving From Digital to Reality
Many of us think of gaming and entertainment when we think of Virtual Reality. This is undoubtedly one of the most significant leaps that have been made, but this technology’s potential expands far beyond leisure time and is making a well-deserved move into the technology and work arenas.
YouTube now boasts over 1 million VR videos on the YouTube VR channel, where you can travel the world, visit a resort or creating your bucket list. You can go inside a volcano, shop by testing products, buy a home, watching sports and teleconferencing. The medical industry uses VR to track mental illness and has successfully treated anxiety, depression and PSTD.
With travel restrictions, Covid has taught us many lessons and we have seen a lot of changes in the workforce over the past 18 months. Of the significant pivots we have witnessed, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are more fascinating technologies for future training scenarios.
The likely continuation of remote work, and large companies rethinking their decision to bring people together for in-person training, creates a unique opportunity for Virtual Training. To be able to put on a pair of VR Goggles and immerse yourself on a plant floor, walking up to a machine and even starting and stopping the device offers a fantastic experience.
As automation grows, the ability to watch a tool trial and automation run-off brings the experience to a larger group than would be experienced by one or two people travelling to a location for this event. By downloading the 360 videos to your phone and using an affordable Cardboard headset, anyone will be able to see the details of the robot entering the machine, removing parts and even online training.
Augmented Reality is often used by holding a phone or tablet up to a machine and choosing a task you want to perform. Changing a cylinder assembly, for example, would require the image of the screen, and from there, you will be taken through a step-by-step process, including tools needed, on how to do this quickly and effectively.
We are proud to have shown the most recent introduction of Virtual Reality training in the plastics industry with Kruse Training. Torsten Kruse and his team worked hard to provide us with a sample of what is possible on an injection molding machine during the recent MDM 2021 in Anaheim.
We are happy to announce the winner of the first pair of Oculus VR goggles from the show: Rob Loranger, Jr. of HiTech Plastics, signed up to follow our YouTube channel and won the first set. The 2nd set will be awarded on September 1st. For a chance to get into the drawing for Oculus VR Quest 2, go to our YouTube link and subscribe to our channel. You will need to set it up for the public to have access to the registration or send Laura an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.