Virtual Reality, VR Training

Virtual Reality: The Future of Safety Training

Virtual Reality: The Future of Safety Training

Imagine being told back in the 1980s that in the future, you could put on a headset and instantly be transported into another environment, area of the globe, or any situation you could picture yourself being in.

 

As wacky as that would have sounded over 30 years ago, the truth about VR is that it has actually been around for much longer than that, and has been evolving at an incredibly fast rate. The first occurrences of virtual reality included 360-degree movies with soundscapes in the 1960s, moving simulators of planes and rides, and, eventually, the birth of VR video games in the 1990s. After a nearly 50-something year journey to create an alternative universe accessible by a screen, here we are with fully-functioning and awe-inspiring imagery, courtesy of Oculus, Samsung, Google, and HTC.

 

These responsive technologies introduce a question that every great invention should: how can we use them to make the world a better place?

 

Safety training technologies such as those developed by the PIXO Group in Royal Oak, MI are the key to creating a better tomorrow. With safety training software for industries including construction, utilities, manufacturing, and more, companies can now train their employees with VR headsets and mimic real-life work situations with immediate feedback. Learning a new role has never been safer or more resourceful.

More and more employers are utilizing VR as an option to train thousands of their employees, and it’s no shock as to why; the benefits are innumerable:

  • Increase Efficiency:

    Enrolling multiple new hires in a training course allows for a quicker turnaround of educated employees ready to take on the job at hand. PIXO’s proprietary interactive VR technology allows for employees to work together on a task in the same virtual environment even if they are physically located across the world, using any VR headset or non-VR technology such as mobile phones or laptops.


  • Refine Motor Skills:

    Research shows that action learning is a key player in understanding a skill. Practicing a skill instead of reading about it introduces an 80% increase in retention. Virtual practice makes perfect too.


  • Gather Employee Data:

    While employees learn, employers can gain insight to trends in their skills that may be common throughout a class. From there, you can target a solution to avoid a bottleneck effect in the future.


  • Unexpected Ease of Use:

    Modern day VR helmets and learning software are as easy to use as your mobile phone, no matter a new hire’s age or technological proficiency.


  • Save Money:

    Why spend thousands of dollars to fly new employees across the country (let alone the world) for orientation seminars when they can learn skills remotely through a VR headset?

 

Where will virtual reality technologies take us next? Only time will tell. For now, we know that it’s taking us farther and farther away from hands-off learning, expensive on-boarding, and a myriad of other blockers.
 
To learn more about taking your company’s safety training to another dimension, contact the PIXO Group today.