Posted on January 17, 2024
Virtual Reality (VR) is revolutionizing health and safety training at work, offering unprecedented immersion and interactivity. This article, the fruit of our expertise, aims to share the best practices for maximizing the comfort of using this technology and ensuring the durability of VR equipment.
Space and lighting: It is crucial to prepare a space that is sufficient for the player and comfortable for the spectators. Managing brightness is essential, as standalone virtual reality devices need a minimum amount of light to track movements. However, be wary of sunlight reflections that can disrupt this tracking. Ideally, use blinds or curtains to filter external light, and turn on ceiling lights in the chosen room for the workshop.
Equipment to share the experience: A screen (or projector) and devices like Miracast are highly recommended to share the VR experience with all participants. Providing chairs for spectators is also a good idea.
Pro Tip: Using a small rug can help define the center of the VR play area, offering a useful spatial reference to help participants recenter themselves.
Guidance and respect: Using VR is not intuitive for everyone. Assistance with properly wearing the VR headset is essential. Encouraging experienced users to co-educate beginners promotes a respectful learning environment.
Freedom and comfort: Whether it's due to motion sickness, visual impairment, or just screen sensitivity, it's important to respect everyone's freedom to remove the headset if they feel uncomfortable.
Pro Tip: A fixed-direction fan can help reduce the intensity of motion sickness some users experience in VR. Even though Immersive Factory applications are designed to minimize this effect, the fan can help new users better enjoy the driving awareness modules.
Power management: It is advisable to recharge the VR headset after each use, even brief ones, and especially during the midday break if the workshop lasts all day. Additionally, having an external battery can prevent interruption of the workshop in case of intense or prolonged use.
Cleaning and storage: Regular maintenance of the headsets and controllers is essential for hygiene reasons. The equipment should be stored in a safe place to avoid impacts and falls. The lenses of the headset are particularly important to protect for maximizing equipment durability. They are sensitive to scratches, and direct exposure to sunlight can damage them. A microfiber cloth allows for dust removal without the risk of scratching.
Pro Tip: In case of scratches on the lenses, using synthetic glass polish can significantly reduce them.
Feedback: Integrating a tool like VR into a training course is an iterative process. It's important to collect participants' feedback and analyze their responses to improve future sessions.
Updates: Even if training workshops can take place offline, it's crucial to regularly reconnect the standalone headset to the internet for possible firmware updates (manufacturers maintain and improve the operating system of the headsets on a regular basis). Additionally, logging into your Immersive Factory account also allows downloading any updates to VR applications. We regularly improve the content of the applications, especially in terms of graphics, educational aspects, and technical features.
Recharging batteries: Ensure that all batteries, both internal and external, are recharged for the next session.
Pro Tip: General and customized session settings are automatically saved, making it easier to prepare for subsequent sessions.
By applying these best practices, health and safety training at work becomes more reliable and enjoyable. VR, used wisely, can transform learning into an immersive experience accessible to all.