We’ve taking VR into new realms, this time using it as a training tool that can save lives for those working in high-risk jobs.
The Near Miss Simulator is a multisensory environment that immerses users into a virtual working scenario using an HMD for visual immersion, surround audio systems, perfectly synched motion and SFX.
It has been designed to train people in high-risk jobs, such as construction working at height, virtually recreating tasks that they have to complete. A Coach guides them through the scenarios and can at any moment trigger jeopardy or non-compliant practices and in the case of working at height, virtually drop the user to the ground.
Once the users are immersed and engaged in the training scenarios, the environments are so believable that the reactions are truly extraordinary. It certainly delivers a lesson they won’t forget in a hurry!
The primary purpose is to effectively train staff in best practice methodology while inducing actual feelings and behavioural triggers of impending jeopardy in unsafe conditions. These highly involved, compelling learning environments quickly reinforce Health and Safety routines, improving muscle memory and increased information retention.
VR is becoming a crucial tool for this style of teaching as the environment needs to be intensely immersive and multisensory, to the extent the user believes and engages in what is happening around them, even directly to them, enhanced with actual, real-world motions and special effects (SFX). It is the only way of dramatically teaching the consequences of unsafe working methods without the attendant risks.
In recent tests, this new form of learning out-performed traditional classroom based training and book learning on every level. All in a perfectly safe, risk-free, simulated environment.