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26 February 2024

AR/VR Training Gets New Life Thanks to the Apple Vision Pro

By Bobby Carlton
AR / VR Training

Training employees through immersive technology is becoming the norm and why your organization should adopt this approach.

The launch of  the Apple Vision Pro has sparked a revitalization in the utilization of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for training purposes, breathing new life into these technologies within manufacturing environments. While virtual technology has been in existence for over 50 years, AR and VR have only recently made significant strides in industrial settings, with their adoption poised for further expansion thanks to new conversations around spatial computing (or mixed reality).

Forward-thinking companies in the manufacturing sector are embracing AR and VR with innovative approaches. They envision leveraging these potentially disruptive technologies to enhance worker safety, accelerate product development cycles, cut training costs, and boost overall productivity, recognizing them as pivotal for maintaining competitiveness in the manufacturing landscape.

Yes, the Apple Vision Pro has brought new excitement to this approach for training and the workforce, but headset costs is still a factor along with strategy for adoption. The Apple Vision Pro comes in with a hefty price tag at $3,500, however, Meta and Pico do offer less expensive options and thanks to tools such as Manage XR and haptic wearables like Contact CI gloves, creating and managing a realistic immersive training modules for your employees is much easier.

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The integration of AR and VR is already reshaping various aspects of manufacturing and allied processes, yielding tangible benefits for companies in multiple industries such as logistics, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, facilities, and more!

Here are some great examples!

  1. Inventory Management: Companies like DHL, in collaboration with partners like Ricoh and Ubimax, have successfully deployed AR-enabled smart glasses for “vision picking” in warehouse operations. This implementation has streamlined processes, minimized errors, and expedited order fulfillment, showcasing a significant efficiency increase of up to 15%.
  2. Vehicle Design and Build: Leading automobile manufacturers like Hyundai are leveraging VR and 3D digital tools to revolutionize vehicle design processes. By simulating real-world scenarios and enabling global collaboration through VR design review systems, companies are achieving cost savings, time efficiencies, and improved design quality.
  3. Maintenance and Assembly Training: AR and VR technologies are enhancing on-the-job training experiences by providing immersive, step-by-step guidance for assembly and maintenance tasks. For instance, Lincoln Property Company has leveraged VR to train workers in HVAC repairs, delivering cost-effective training solutions with heightened participant engagement.
  4. Factory Floor Planning: Virtual technology is streamlining factory floor planning, construction, and manufacturing trade events. By allowing for virtual simulations and trials, these technologies enable rapid iteration and optimization of production flows, ultimately expediting new product launches.
  5. Improved Worker Safety: VR simulations enable plant managers to identify and mitigate potential safety hazards by simulating assembly line configurations and processes. Additionally, VR-based training can enhance employee proficiency and minimize the risk of injuries or fatalities in the workplace.
  6. Better-developed Products: Companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing are utilizing VR to ensure precise assembly and streamline product development processes. VR labs facilitate faster, more accurate design iterations, leading to higher-quality products and reduced maintenance costs in the long run.

Despite the promising advancements, the widespread adoption of AR and VR in manufacturing hinges on addressing challenges such as costs, technical barriers, and motion sickness concerns. However, with continued innovation and investment from well known organizations, the transformative potential of AR and VR in revolutionizing manufacturing processes remains undeniable.

Along with AR and VR, other technologies are seeing the benefit from the excitement the Vision Pro is creating. Digital twins, synthetic data, real-time simulation, and Ai are all seeing widespread interest from organizations.

If you’d like to know more about how FS Studio can help you into adopt immersive solutions. Reach out to Bobby Carlton at bobby.carlton at fsstudio.com to set up a call with our team of experts using tools such as Unity, Unreal Engine, Nvidia Omniverse, Blender, Houdini and able to deliver digital twin, synthetic data, GenAi, real-time and robotic simulation solutions for you.