Locomotion and Motion in Virtual Reality Experiences

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Virtual Reality is all about immersion, and the success of a virtual experience lies in how convinced a person is that they are no longer a part of physical reality.

This is why many virtual reality experiences incorporate locomotive and motion sensor hardware to make experiences more realistic and synchronized. Below are a few types of locomotive and motion detecting hardware options that are being used to enhance virtual reality experiences.

  1. Hand-held controllers

Movement through hand-held controllers is enabled by clicking on different points within the experience to teleport there. This type of movement is guided by a faded transition.

Movement and locomotion in Virtual Reality VR

 

  1. Trackers

These are sensors that go on your hands and feet. The hardware translates the movements you make into the game. These trackers can also be in the form of gloves, and can also be attached to certain objects.

Locomotive hardware for Virtual Reality

 

Movement in Virtual Reality experiences

  1. VR treadmill

A virtual reality treadmill operates exactly as a fitness treadmill. It allows you to explore the virtual world in which you are immersed by walking through it. It is limited to only forward and backwards steps, but is not limited by pace. The speed at which you choose to walk or run is translated into the virtual experience.

Movement in Virtual Reality

 

  1. Omni-directional treadmill

This hardware functions as the VR treadmill, but is not limited by direction. It is a circular piece of equipment, with barriers for the user’s balance and also to prevent walking too quickly and off of the treadmill. This allows users to explore the virtual space in any direction and at any pace they choose.

Locomotive Hardware for Virtual Reality

 

Locomotive hardware for Virtual Reality

Emergency Response Training with Virtual Reality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Virtual Reality training for emergency response units applies similarly to Virtual Reality training for HSE inspections.

  • Environment

A trainee can be immersed in any kind of environment, and face any kind of emergency situation through Virtual Reality. VR provides a risk-free way to experience and explore different scenarios to give the trainee experience they need without putting their lives in danger.

  • Equipment Training

Training content can be broken up into different categories. Scenario training, where users are immersed into different situations. Equipment training where they get to explore the different equipment that they are required to use. In VR, notes can be added to show instructions and trainees can experiment with the equipment to learn about it. Because this is digital resources are not wasted and a trainee can spend as much time with each piece of equipment as they need.

  • People Skills

Through the VR experience, conversations with people can be simulated as well. This can be used to teach trainees about how to deal with the people at the scene of the emergency situation. They can learn how to deal with panic, crying, anger and frustration, as well as fear. People skills are essential to responding to emergency situations and can be developed through Virtual Reality Training.

  • Monitoring

Virtual Reality Training software also enables supervisors to monitor their trainee’s progress. This helps give an indication of areas where they excel, and areas that require improvement. This assists both the company and trainee to direct the training more effectively.

 

Virtual Reality Skills Training for Health and Safety Executives

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

One of the benefits of Virtual Reality is that a user can be immersed in any kind of environment, and experience a number of different circumstances as if they were actually happening. This is why Virtual Reality is the perfect training to tool for Health and Safety inspections.

Virtual Reality Training is risk-free, but because of how realistically it influences a user’s senses it gives life-like experience. This means that Health and Safety Executives can learn how to manage dangerous situations without their lives being put in danger to gain the experience they need.

For example, a fire can be simulated through a Virtual Reality experience and without the risk of getting burned or inhaling smoke, the trainee can experiment with the different tools required to put out the fire. Other dangers to consider such as electrical cables being present, or needed to evacuate people can also be simulated to ensure the trainee is fully equipped for real life situations.

 

HSE Training is broad and needs to cover a few areas. The type of training covered is dependent on the industry as well as the country in which the company is operating – due to different laws in place for Health and Safety requirements.

Below is an example of the kind of Virtual Reality training that can be done for the mining industry. You will note that the training is customized to the industry and the company.

 

Everything you need to know about Virtual Reality Training

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

There are many benefits to using Virtual Reality to train staff:

  • Time-efficient

It is found that Virtual Reality Training saves time. KFC’s traditional training of kitchen staff took an average of 30 minutes, whereas their Virtual Reality training content takes 10 minutes for staff to complete.

  • Repetitive

Virtual Reality training can be completed as many times as a user may need. This does not require a trainer to be available to host a training session more than once.

  • Easy to monitor

Staff can be assessed through Virtual Reality. Supervisors can evaluate staff progress and pinpoint areas of excellence as well as areas where improvement is required. Staff can also do this for themselves and be active in the direction of their own training.

  • Good Monetary Investment

The hardware for Virtual Reality training can be bought or rented through an agency. Training content is custom-made to fit the existing training modules of the business.

  • Fun

Virtual Reality training is fully immersive and highly interactive. The training can be gamified which creates an objective and reward system that enhances the trainee’s learning experience. Information that is shared in an engaging and entertaining way is more likely to be remembered than traditional textbook and classroom training.

Virtual Reality Skills Training as New Technology emerges

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

I attended a meeting a while ago where other industry experts were talking about different statistics. It came up that the estimated amount of jobs that would be completely replaced by new technologies worldwide is 5 million.

That sentence is enough to conjure fear and opposition towards the different technologies that are emerging. Another fact that was mentioned, though, is that there are companies setting aside 101 hours a year to retrain their staff for different positions that would aid the new technology coming in.

Companies are looking for the most cost-effective, time-efficient, and easy-to-understand means to train their staff. Our solution that fits all those needs is Virtual Reality Training.

Below is an example of Virtual Reality Training that is used by Tauron Polska Energy to teach staff their way around the existing technology with which they need to work:

Dubai Future Accelerators, HTC Vive, Burj Khalifa, and Virtuality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Dubai Future Accelerators launched the ‘VR and Beyond” challenge in partnership with Burj Khalifa and HTC Vive Middle East.

There were 118 applicants from all over the world, and Virtuality is proud to be a local company part of the top 6 finalists.

Our talented team has been busy with production for the past month, and will be presenting our prototype later this week.

 

Have you heard of Social Virtual Reality? What is it?

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Social Media has changed how we communicate with loved ones, for business, and with brands. Just when you thought more change in communication was not possible, Virtual Reality is adding another level to how you interact with people online.

Social Virtual Reality is where users can immerse themselves in the online world to communicate with other users as a customized avatar. You can liken social Virtual Reality to live interaction; it is face-to-face. Social Virtual Reality allows you to virtually appear in front of someone who is sitting on the other side of the world.

Social Virtual Reality is a fun way to interact with people online. Not only can you have a conversation with them, but you can dance, explore different environments, and even go shopping online together.

One of the best platforms for Social Virtual Reality is vTime. You can sit with three other people in a campfire-like style in different environments – including outer space and under the sea – and have a conversation.

Social Virtual Reality is an innovation which is enhancing our online experiences.

UAE Innovates and German Tourism using Virtual Reality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

We started off UAE’s Innovation Month at Abu Dhabi Ports for their Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality event activations. We ended off the month at the UAE Innovates event in City Walk with German Tourism.

Virtuality teamed up with German Tourism to showcase their travel destinations in Virtual Reality. Guests were immersed in Germany while standing in Dubai.

Below is a video of our team interacting with the activation:

 

The use of Virtual Reality captured the essence of Dubai’s ability to innovate and bring new and immersive experiences to different industries.

Top Three Trends for Events in Dubai for 2019

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Augmented Reality Games

Keep your guests engaged and entertained with an Augmented Reality Game. Guests will scan a trigger through a customized application on a mobile device – iPads are the most popular due to their size and AR compatibility – and the Augmented Reality game is activated on the screen.

The game can any the brand and any activity that promotes the product, service, or value that is being launched, taught, or promoted. For an example, have a look at what Abu Dhabi Ports did for Abu Dhabi Innovation Week 2019.

Virtual Reality Tours and Experiences

Creating a Virtual Tour or Virtual Reality brand experience is a highly interactive way to engage with event visitors. It is a good way to introduce your audience to an aspect of your brand that they are not commonly able to experience.

For example, you can take a tour around different wine farms in South Africa at a wine tasting event in France. Just put on the Virtual Reality headset and be transported to where the wine is made.

Holographic Displays

At events where there are speeches and presentations being given, new ways are being sought to keep guests entertained without losing the point of the message.

Interactive holograms, pre-programmed to co-ordinate with the spoken content, are a practical and entertaining way to present information to your audience. While a presenter speaks, animated visuals are displayed on stage via a screen.

Abu Dhabi Ports Augmented Reality Game for UAE Innovation Month

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

The beginning of February marked the start of the UAE’s Innovation Month. Throughout this month, there will be exhibitions all over the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, showcasing the latest in technology and innovations.

Virtuality is proud to have been a part of Abu Dhabi Innovations Week 2019, alongside Abu Dhabi Ports.

We created an Augmented Reality game for the guests of the Innovations Exhibition to be able to interact with Khalifa Port’s operations.

Using ‘Image Tracking,’ users scan the trigger and Khalifa Port is augmented on the device.

Abu Dhabi Ports Augmented Reality

Abu Dhabi Ports Augmented Reality

The goal is to park a vessel at Khalifa Port using the controls on the screen.

AR game Abu Dhabi Ports

Augmented Reality Game Abu Dhabi Ports

Augmented Reality Game Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports Augmented Reality Game

Augmented Reality games are a great way to keep event visitors engaging with your exhibit in an entertaining way!