The value of hands-on training
“The point where we found that the consumer gaming market was not ready for our kind of device was when we actually looked at the pre-orders and the questions we got from customers,” van den Brink recalls.
He was surprised that most of the interest came from industries that were interested in using the VR glove to improve current working methods. So the team turned their attention to the business market and began working alongside companies to help improve the way they trained employees.
“It’s going to make a lot of things more efficient. If you train people in VR to do something, you have so much more control and you can imitate work environments really quickly,” says Stijn Stumpel, Manus VR’s lead designer.
Industries using VR for training
One obvious problem many companies face today is the limitation of training employees using 2D written or video material. In industries where real-life practical experience is essential, books and films just aren’t enough. Using VR gloves, people can use their hands just as intuitively as they can in real life.
The industries that are seeing a real benefit from the use of VR gloves and related technology are the manufacturing, industrial and medical sectors. By training their employees in VR to complete complex tasks and procedures, companies can save money, provide a safe training environment and refine processes.
“The automotive industry is very interested in VR technology because those companies have a high volume of very expensive products,” says van den Brink. “So they are now integrating VR into factory lines, because there are still a lot of people working with their hands. In order to automate the process, it’s more efficient to do it in VR to see how much time it takes and how they can make it more efficient and productive.”