The tech rumor mill is whirring with suggestions that Apple may be working on a hybrid AR/VR headset. And just like their long awaited Apple Glasses, this is generating huge speculation and excitement. If you’re a business leader, this is most certainly a news story you’ll want to follow closely - here’s why:
You might already be aware of the multitude of uses that VR tech offers to businesses - with learning and development at the fore. But with Apple’s headset predicted to be far more technologically advanced, user-friendly, accessible and comfortable than their competitors’ existing models, the launch of the new product is likely to catapult the use of VR tech for employee training into the mainstream.
Business leaders currently face a choice: embrace the oncoming opportunities and join the VR trailblazers, or stick with traditional training and be left behind by more savvy industry rivals.
Want to make sure that your team is on the winning side of this important milestone in workplace L&D? Well, before you fill out that pre-order of headsets for your team, find out how you can drive the greatest benefits from the exciting features of this new tool for workplace training.
Feature 1: See-through AR
One of the most exciting capabilities rumored for Apple’s new headset is its inclusion of AR functionality. This means that simulated material can be overlayed onto the user’s physical environment, creating an immersive hybrid training environment which optimizes engagement and accelerates learning.
Apple headset users will be able to practice technical tasks and person-to-person interactions with the aid of additional prompts or virtual tools projected onto their field of view. These will fast-track skill acquisition by providing high-fidelity, repeatable practice opportunities that result in excellent knowledge retention.
Feature 2: Compact and lightweight
With most teams striking a balance between some form of hybrid or remote working post-pandemic, it’s essential that skills training is made equally flexible. And if effective virtual skills training is to be made accessible to your whole remote team, cumbersome, heavy and impractical equipment simply won’t cut it. Luckily, Apple’s VR headset is promising to be compact, lightweight and ergonomically designed - an excellent solution for ‘anytime, anyplace’ training delivery.
Headsets can be distributed across your team and transported for use in or out of the office. The lightweight models will ensure comfortable wearing, encouraging employees to remain in the training simulation for longer, and return to it repeatedly. This will not only significantly widen access and improve attendance to skills training, it will also give employees greater autonomy over their own professional development.
Feature 3: Body tracking
Another super exciting feature of Apple’s headset is its body tracking and gesture control. Boasting an extensive network of exterior cameras and sensors, it would be able to track detailed hand and body movements, enabling users to perform intricate tasks in virtual reality.
This is extremely helpful for skills-based training, as employees will be able to fully participate in a given task. The simulation they see will exactly match and reflect the gestures they themselves are making. They’d be able to virtually maneuver a piece of equipment, for example, or have their facial expressions and body language assessed to improve their interactions with a virtual human or avatar.
We may be waiting a while to see the results of Apple’s VR development, but the benefits of VR training is already being widely felt by organizations across the globe. So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the game and elevate your company skills training by adding VR to your toolkit.
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