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  • Writer's pictureChristele Simeoni

Virtual reality headsets: from enthusiasm to storage

Virtual reality is often presented (among other things!) as the future of training and user experience. As a result, many companies have quickly adopted virtual reality (VR) headsets for various professional applications. However, despite the initial enthusiasm, many of these cutting-edge technological devices are often relegated to the closets of companies… 

Why behind this initial craze many of these helmets are not fully exploited, if at all. What are the essential criteria to choose wisely a helmet according to the real needs of a company in the adventure of virtual reality? 

The craze for virtual reality in business

VR headsets were quickly adopted by various sectors, from training to design, simulation and remote collaboration. These devices offer companies the opportunity to create and live immersive experiences, improve employee training, facilitate collaboration between remote teams and even revolutionize the design process.

The initial craze was justified by the obvious advantages of virtual reality, and this new, beautiful side 🙂 thanks to the promises to create simulated environments, to realize interactive trainings and to visualize 3D models in an immersive way and thus opened new perspectives.

However, despite these advantages, many companies have found that their investments in VR headsets do not always bear fruit.

Choose your VR headset wisely for professional use

To maximize the efficiency and use of VR headsets in the professional environment, it is essential to choose the right equipment or the VR headsets will remain unused

Software and Hardware Compatibility

Make sure that the chosen VR headset is compatible with the software needed for your business. Some headsets may have limitations in terms of software compatibility, which may limit their usefulness.

Ease of use

Opt for a VR headset that is user-friendly and easy to use. An intuitive user interface reduces the learning curve, promotes rapid employee adoption, and minimizes barriers to regular use.

Adapted content

Make sure that relevant and useful content is available for the VR headset you choose. Whether it’s training, simulations or virtual collaborations, content plays a key role in maximizing the capabilities of the headset.

"Scalability" and technical support

Choose a VR headset that offers scalability and solid technical support. Regular updates and continuous support can ensure that the headset remains relevant over time.

In short, the absence of a clear and unaccompanied goal in this transition, it is especially likely that you will have inconsistent use, and if employees also do not understand how to integrate these devices into their daily tasks, The helmets will lose their interest.

And the use of VR headsets in concrete immersive training projects in all this?

One area where VR headsets demonstrate their full potential is training, an educational approach that immerses learners in simulated environments for a more engaging and impactful learning experience.

By creating real situations, we offer learners the opportunity to practice and make decisions in a virtual environment.

Reduced training costs and learning scale

VR headsets offer a cost-effective solution for mass training. Compared to traditional classroom training, which may require significant resources in terms of time and material, Immersive Learning via VR headsets allows a large number of learners to be trained simultaneously. This reduces the costs associated with room rental, travel and material preparation, while providing the same high-quality training to all learners.

Increased engagement: Captivating and interactive virtual environments keep learners' attention, promoting more effective learning.

Safe Repetition: Learners can repeat scenarios as many times as necessary, thus strengthening their skills without risking real consequences.

Personalization of learning: VR headsets allow you to adjust the level of difficulty and training parameters to meet the specific needs of each learner.

Monitoring progress: Data collected during training can be used to assess individual performance and identify areas requiring special attention.

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A thoughtful strategy for success

However, it is important to note that the success of using VR headsets in projects such as immersive learning relies on a thoughtful strategy.

Training needs analysis: Before investing in VR headsets, it is essential to understand the specific training needs. What are the learning objectives? What skills need to be developed? 

This analysis determines the suitability of VR headsets for the intended training.

Adapted content development: Creating relevant and effective virtual training scenarios is essential. Content must be specifically designed to take advantage of the immersive capabilities of VR headsets and achieve educational goals.

Training of trainers and learners: Extensive initial training is required to ensure that trainers and learners understand how to use VR headsets effectively. This includes navigating virtual environments, using interactive features, and managing training scenarios.

Integration into the training curriculum: VR headsets must be seamlessly integrated into the overall training curriculum. They should not be seen as an isolated addition, but as an essential tool in the learning process


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