Technology acts funny at times. It works to make the real virtual, and uses virtual to simulate reality. Take communication for example, face to face communication is now replaced by communication on the world of web where we express real emotions using virtual emoticons. On the other hand, cutting edge graphics and 3D technology make it possible to create life like, real environments!
That being said for the humor, let’s explore how augmented reality can be used for technology based learning, such as e-learning and m-learning.
Augmented Reality (AR) programs can make images, graphics and videos to ‘come alive’ by creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through Android or iOS devices. Obviously, this creates the potential to redefine learning spaces by making the learning experience much more exciting and powerful.
Employees of certain industries, particularly in engineering processes, military, complex operations, healthcare and aviation have a pressing need for hands-on training. When hands-on training may be too risky to be delivered, such as flight control to a trainee pilot or surgery for a newly practicing physician, simulated environments can do the needful. Of course, they come at a cost, and a huge one at that, but the main advantage they provide is being a one-time investment to deliver the most effective form of training in a completely secure manner.
For other organizations, where virtual reality is not that big a necessity, augmented reality does the trick. According to Wikipedia, “Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.”
Businesses that are into process engineering or engineering design processes, healthcare, IT, etc. can benefit from augmented reality programs. Cutting edge graphics and animations using 3D and special effects tools have made it possible to deliver high quality training.
A few applications of AR emerge:
Visual recognition of real life objects or print patterns
Streaming of 3D objects from a live server through multiple HD display screens within the organization. This may particularly be helpful in providing on-the-job support to medical professionals or for demonstrating engineering processes.
Video see through animations on top of real feed. For example, assisting engineers at work through their mobile devices, so that they can immediately access a process stage or manufacturing part in case they need support.
Audio guidance and visual displays for complex tasks
Let us take an example.
Engineers that work in high-end automobile manufacturing and design businesses must have a keen understanding of the functioning of automobile parts. And here, we aren’t just talking about relatively simple machines like cars. These are huge locomotives such as trains and moving generators wherein a substantial level of training is required to understand the various components and their functioning to carry on everyday tasks such as operations and maintenance. Augmented reality makes it possible to create high quality videos by super imposing digital 3D content onto real life objects so that each component, and the process therein is clearly visible. Providing employees with a video library using augmented reality techniques improves their retention by reiterating the processes that they might have witnessed during actual training.The natural result is a workforce which is more confident, reliable and productive, and equipped with practical knowledge at all times.
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