Extended reality is an umbrella term, that unites virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. You can read more about the technologies and the difference between VR, AR, and MR in the previous article.
Companies like BMW, British Telecom, and Jaguar Land Rover apply XR to implement VR excursions for applicants, virtual reality training for workers, virtual offices, etc.
HR departments use extended reality to simplify hiring employees, accelerate their integration in their workplaces, and increase their work efficiency. For example, General Electric has increased its workers’ productivity with extended reality by 34%.
How To Apply XR In Recruitment
Innovative technologies are more often used for hiring staff. According to PwC data, 65% of respondents said, they would like to accept a job offer if they would have tried their workplace in virtual reality. In this case, there are few directions for using XR in recruitment.
Extended reality is used by applicants to get aquatinted with their future workplace. British IT company Workforce WindsorEssex developed for Canadian company Brave Control Solutions 360o a video guide for those who want to get employed as an engineer, technician, or designer. Candidates can see the Brave Control Solutions office building, get acquainted with different department heads, and learn more about their duties in the video.
After the first interview and excursions, recruiters test the working and soft skills of applicants. For example, Jaguar Land Rover, in collaboration with the popular rock group Gorillaz, used extended reality to design spectacular test tasks. The famous automotive company released an MR app, designed for testing talents in software engineering, app development, cyber system development, and graphics performance. Using smartphones, the candidates could break the code in the group’s virtual garage.
In the first part of the mission, participants are involved in the assembly of a virtual model of the company’s first five-seated all-electric sports car Jaguar I-PACE and explore more detailed characteristics of the model. In part two, the candidates solve a number of puzzles, where they should break the code to pass the test. This app is designed to test traits of future Jaguar employees, like curiosity, persistence, problem-solving skills, and non-standard thinking.
Improve Your Remote Workplace with XR
A virtual office is a digital place, where people work and interact with each other, using digital avatars. Now, according to OSlash, 10% of respondents are already working full-time in a metaverse, and 75% of respondents said they’re interested in getting this job.
VR offices are used by freelancers, remote workers, and those who work in early startups and companies that have plans to extend their network.
Employees can customize their virtual workplace according to their duties and personal preferences: providing additional screens, isolating from different distracting factors, and choosing the most comfortable location for a VR headset user. VR office can recreate, for example, a real office building and an unusual, fantasy location. You can read more information about virtual reality offices here.
Our company has experience in developing a virtual office at a company’s request. Oleksii Volkov, Qualium Systems XR department head, told about the experience of designing the VR office. According to him, our company developers aspired to create a photorealistic office with the possibility to download employees’ own photos as their digital avatars. The virtual office conference hall, workrooms, cantina, corridors, and other rooms, VR headset users can walk through.
“Our main targets are to provide users with a number of tools, that allow them to participate in meetings and discussions in a virtual office. And this process should be the most similar to real meetings and discussions. But how can we achieve that effect? We need to expand the range of instruments as much as possible. For example, employees should see each others’ gestures, in addition to video and audio communication. There should be a possibility for them to draw something on a board and show the documents. It all must be within one space, and that’s why it’s called a virtual office” – said Oleksii.
You need a virtual reality headset to work in a virtual office, and devices designed for enterprises are the best solutions. Depending on company needs and budget, there are headset models that you can connect to a computer, smartphone, or other devices that work autonomously. But some specialists pay attention to the new VR headset for metaverse Meta Quest Pro, presented at Meta Connect 2022. The new headset has additional eye-tracking cameras inside, and its new design allows users to see both virtual and physical worlds.
“We’re building a better way, using everything Quest Pro brings to the table. And we call it “magic room”. It lets you meet in mixed reality and share the same space. You can use a whiteboard, and bring in 3D objects. Everyone is present and has the same tools, whether they’re in full VR or in mixed reality. We think that this will help hybrid teams collaborate and we’re hoping to ship this next year,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Meta founder, in his video presentation.
Upgrade Your Worker’s Skills With VR Training Courses
To improve the workers’ efficiency and safety, every enterprise provides instructions and training. And some companies successfully apply AR/VR, which is already proven to be efficient for these means. So, after the XR training, learners are capable to acquire 70% of the necessary skills.
Here are some types of extended reality training:
- Real workplace simulations, where people can train their safety skills. For example, Roundtable Learning developed a virtual training for café staff. A user in a VR headset learns how to handle a client, who turned out to be a robber. Using a CGI character, this program recreates a more realistic robbery experience.
According to Roundtable Learning director Patrick Manglano, there are five biggest advantages virtual reality can offer to soft skill training:
- VR emotionally triggers learners during training.
- In virtual reality, learners get their new skills four times faster.
- VR training can be applied in combination with other types of training.
- VR can delete obstacles in remote workers’ communication.
- Virtual training is consistent and excludes the difference between nominal training settings and actual work.
- VR training to improve work with equipment. BMW developed virtual workplaces for car factory workers. In this VR simulation, they can learn how to preassemble the cockpit before its installation in the vehicle.
“Virtual reality technology has enabled us to set up cockpit preassembly workstations quickly and efficiently. Time-consuming trial installations that replicate the workstation in its actual dimensions were no longer needed. We were more transparent, more flexible and faster overall,” said Matthias Schindler, responsible for Virtual Planning and Implementation in Production at the BMW Group.
- 360о videos for soft skill training. Warp VR developed its own 360о training for British Telecom retail staff. The primary purpose of the training is learning and assimilation of communication skills with customers. Notably, in this video, a VR headset user can learn how to handle a client who asked for a refund.
“By playing this interactive Virtual Reality training, the retail staff is more confident in interacting with customers. They are taught how to tackle customer questions which translates to improved customer satisfaction and sales,” said the narrator in the video. “This VR solution enables British Telecom to train not only more often, but also at those moments that work best for the stores. Staff can be trained before the store opens, in off-peak hours, or after it closes”.
So, we have already found out about how many possibilities extended reality offers to an HR department. XR provides the possibility to hire new employees more effectively. Moreover, with VR offices, you can create a more comfortable workplace for remote workers. And last, but not least here is an improved and more effective technical and soft skills training.
Dental education is a demanding discipline, requiring students to develop precise manual dexterity, particularly in preclinical restorative dentistry. In the past, students have been trained using conventional phantom heads or mannequins, offering a simulated but less tactile experience for practising procedures. However recent advancements in haptic feedback technology have transformed preclinical dental education, providing a more immersive and tactile training experience! The Importance of Haptic Feedback in Dental Education In dental education, the development of psychomotor skills is paramount. Dental students must hone their manual dexterity to perform procedures with precision and efficiency. Traditionally, students have trained on phantom heads, but these models lack the realistic tactile sensations experienced during real clinical procedures. Furthermore, the use of plastic teeth in these training models not only fails to replicate the natural variability of real teeth but also raises environmental concerns due to plastic waste. Obtaining natural human teeth for training purposes is also challenging due to ethical constraints. Haptic feedback technology has emerged as a game-changer in dental education. Haptic devices, such as Simodont, provide realistic tactile force feedback, allowing students to practice procedures on virtual patients. This technology offers several advantages: Realistic Sensations: Haptic technology simulates the resistance and pressure experienced in real clinical settings, enhancing students’ motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. Safe and Controlled Environment: Haptic-based training allows students to practice dental operations indefinitely in a safe and controlled environment without the risk of harming a living patient. Personalized Feedback: The technology can provide personalized feedback to students, helping them identify areas where they may be applying too much or too little pressure and deviations from the proper trajectory. Limitations of Conventional Phantom Head Training Despite the advantages of traditional phantom head training, it has several limitations: Lack of Realistic Tactile Sensations: Phantom heads do not provide the tactile feedback experienced in real clinical settings, which can hinder students’ skill development. Environmental Concerns: The use of plastic teeth in phantom heads leads to plastic waste, contributing to environmental issues. Limited Reproducibility: Real patient procedures are not repeatable for practice, limiting students’ exposure to various clinical scenarios. Read also: Empowering Doctors And Patients: How Augmented Reality Transforms Healthcare How VR and AR Address These Limitations Haptic feedback devices, when integrated with VR and AR technologies, offer solutions to the limitations of traditional training methods: Realistic Tactile Sensations: VR and AR technologies create immersive virtual environments that replicate real clinical scenarios, enhancing the realism of training. Personalized Learning: These technologies allow for personalized feedback and performance evaluation, enabling students to identify and correct errors in real-time. Unlimited Reproducibility: VR and AR enable students to practice procedures repeatedly in diverse and realistic scenarios, ultimately improving their clinical competence. The integration of haptic feedback technology in dental education, especially when combined with VR and AR, has revolutionized preclinical training for dental students. It addresses the limitations of traditional training methods by providing realistic tactile sensations, personalized learning, and unlimited reproducibility!
Navigating the intricate maze of technological progress and human engagement reveals a constantly shifting terrain. Haptic devices stand out as the vanguard in this revolution, and WEART is undoubtedly leading the charge. In this expanded discourse, we at Qualium Systems, specialists in custom IT engineering, explore the engineering marvels and the expansive business applications of WEART’s pioneering haptic technology. The Technical Ecosystem: A Deeper Dive Hardware Innovation: More than Just Touch WEART’s devices go beyond mere simulation to recreate tactile sensations intricately. The wearables make use of cutting-edge actuators and sensors to offer a wide spectrum of tactile experiences, from the velvety softness of a petal to the ruggedness of a rock. 1. Actuators: Employing both mechanical and electronic components, actuators deliver precise tactile feedback. They play a crucial role in mimicking various textures, thermal cues and forces, pushing the boundaries of what users can ‘feel’ digitally. 2. Sensors: These aren’t your everyday touch sensors. WEART’s sensors can detect minute changes in pressure and movement, making the haptic interface responsive and incredibly realistic. Software Engineering: Facilitating Haptic Integration Qualium Systems takes pride in offering SDKs compatible with both Unity and Unreal Engine, making the integration of WEART’s groundbreaking haptic features easier than ever. 1. Unity & Unreal Engine SDKs: These engines are favored by developers for their ease of use and flexibility. Our SDKs are tailored for these platforms, offering rapid prototyping and high-fidelity rendering capabilities. 2. Custom APIs: Our SDKs come with a range of APIs that allow you to fine-tune the haptic experience to align with specific use-cases or requirements. 3. Data Analytics: The SDKs also include telemetry functions that capture key metrics. Businesses can assess user engagement in real-time, modifying experiences for better interaction. Expanded Case Study: The Transformational Power of Haptic Technology in VR Chemistry Lessons A Paradigm Shift in Science Education Our VR Chemistry Lessons App is a landmark example of how WEART’s haptic technology can revolutionize education. Typically, the teaching of chemistry has relied heavily on theoretical knowledge, supplemented occasionally by lab experiments. The WEART-enabled VR Chemistry App changes this equation dramatically. 1. Molecular Vibration: For the first time, students can tangibly feel the vibrations and movements of molecules, providing an entirely new dimension to understanding kinetic energy. 2. Chemical Reactions: Imagine the educational impact of feeling the heat dissipate in an exothermic reaction or the sudden cold in an endothermic process. It’s not just theory; it’s practically hands-on learning. 3. Substance Interaction: Different elements and compounds come with unique textures and properties. Our app lets students ‘touch’ these materials virtually, further enriching their understanding. The Birth of Dynamic Learning Environments The integration of WEART’s technology moves education from a unidimensional, rote-learning model to a multi-sensory, experience-driven paradigm. This shift is monumental in helping students better retain and apply complex scientific concepts. Business Implications: Why This Matters to You Economic Efficiency: Beyond Cost Savings Integrating WEART’s haptic devices significantly reduces the overheads associated with conventional training methods. Virtual reality setups eliminate the need for physical resources and spaces, making training efficient and cost-effective. Customer Experience: A New Frontier Introducing a tactile component to your services enhances the overall user experience. Whether it’s a virtual showroom or an online educational platform, the added layer of tactile interaction can make your services unforgettable. Competitive Strategy: The First-Mover Advantage In a market that is continually evolving, early adoption of new technologies like WEART’s haptic devices can give you a significant edge. It’s not just a matter of staying current; it’s about leading the charge in the new age of digital interaction. Final Remarks: The Road Ahead The amalgamation of WEART’s groundbreaking haptic technology with Qualium Systems’ expertise in software development is a game-changer. Whether you’re an innovator in the technical sphere or a forward-thinking business owner, the era of multi-sensory computing has arrived. The scope of what this technology can achieve is only limited by our imagination. At Qualium Systems, we’re excited to be your partners in this exhilarating journey into the future.
Today, modern technologies provide incredible opportunities in numerous areas, including the hotel business. This technology creates a deep connection between the guest and the hotel, overturning the usual idea of hospitality. Virtual reality allows you to surprise guests with immersive unique experiences that are not only exciting but also facilitate the activities of the establishments themselves. In this article, we’ll look at how virtual reality revolutionizes the hospitality industry and helps to deliver unparalleled guest experiences. Exploring Diverse Dimensions of VR in Hospitality There are several main areas where virtual reality is most often used in the hotel industry, including virtual tours, staff training, and VR entertainment. Enhancing Guest Experiences through VR VR hotel tours are one of the most popular directions where virtual reality is typically when dealing with hospitality. Before checking in, guests can take a trial visit to the property in VR to assess the hotel environment. This technique will help to better understand where exactly they want to stay, in which room, and whether this hotel meets the requirements. “One of the reasons why VR marketing has taken on a viral tone, arises from the fact, that guests will be provided with a hands-on point of view when making an important booking decision. Using such technology clearly illustrates that the property in question is keeping abreast of the latest digital trends. Today, VR tours can be easily placed on an online platform, through the rise of cost-effective software packages,” according to Keystone Hospitality Property Development. For example, the Atlantis Dubai Virtual Tour shows future customers what the hotel looks like, starting with the exterior and ending with the appearance of the hotel rooms. The experience was filmed in the 360o format. Thriving Frontier of VR Entertainment in Hotels Once your guests have checked into their hotel rooms, they should receive high-quality entertainment offered by the hotel chain itself. These can be virtual reality rooms for guests to spend their free time. For example, the Polish spa resort Czarny Potok also has a virtual reality room where visitors can play various games in VR headsets. In addition, virtual reality can be used as a preview of real entertainment available. Before your guest tries, for example, sightseeing, they can get a preview of a tourist destination they could go to. Consider a VR tour of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Read also: Virtual Tours of National Parks. Discovering Nature’s Beauty through AR and VR Navigating Future of Hotel Reservations through VR Another area of virtual reality that is developing in the hotel industry is VR booking. Similar to virtual sightseeing, a user can see the chosen vacation spot for themselves, though the range of possibilities of VR booking is wider. So, a VR headset user sees a digital globe of the Earth in front of them and decides on the point where they want to go. Next, they interact with a 3D model of the plane, which clearly shows the seats that can be reserved. Moreover, there is an opportunity to rent a car and choose the price of this rental. With virtual booking, users can select a payment method by scanning and adding a digital credit card. Virtual booking from Amadeus IT Group provides such options to users with VR glasses. VR’s Role in Transforming Hotel Staff Training In the hotel industry, virtual reality is used not only to serve customers but also to improve customer service. Virtual reality training, which fully reproduces the real work environment in digital reality, is an effective tool to improve the efficiency of hotel staff. For example, the Best Western Hotels chain recorded a 71% decrease in the number of customer complaints after the introduction of VR training. Virtual training is already used by the famous Hilton network. In this training, employees use VR headsets to immerse themselves in the digital space that reproduces the hotel.There, they perform various tasks typical for the hotel staff: cleaning the room, preparing a cart with lunch, and checking in guests. The integration of virtual reality marks a revolutionary step towards improving the guest experience and redefining the hospitality industry. With the introduction of virtual reality in hotels, guests are no longer limited by physical boundaries. Virtual tours of hotels and attractions allow them to go on exciting journeys and explore these places without leaving their homes. Once a decision is made, users can completely organize their own trip through VR booking in a gamified form. Virtual reality in the hospitality industry has also paved the way for more comfortable and faster service with the help of VR training for hotel staff. The combination of technology and hospitality has created a new dimension of travel planning where potential guests can virtually walk through hotel rooms, imagine their stay, and make informed decisions. Image: Freepik