Bodyswaps shows that VR can do more - Bodyswaps 1

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Featuring Bodyswaps and George Brown College, NuEyes and ManoMotion, HP and ArborXR, and HTC Vive and holoride

In the current political and social climate, during an age of rapid technological progress, it is refreshing to see virtual reality (VR) technology pointed toward a persistently egregious problem such as racism.

VR can do many things—as VRWorldTech Magazine is dedicated to pointing out—but often the immersive technology is deployed with a view to maximising profits and minimising losses, such is the nature of business.

But the new anti-racism VR simulation, co-developed by VR soft skills training provider Bodyswaps and subject matter experts from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada, is a great example of how immersive technologies can do more.

The Reality Wire revealed in February that VR training for surgeons is gathering a library of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness. The same is true for the soft skills simulations that Bodyswaps and others focus on.

What level of impact they can have on an issue such as racism remains to be seen. Yet that is the point: we should find out.

Why it matters: Bodyswaps is taking its VR soft skills training platform and attempting to tackle complicated, long-standing challenges within organisations. Role-playing, or putting yourself in another’s shoes, is a powerful learning tool and needs to be tried. The simulation is free to access this month, too.

Why it matters: NuEyes is constantly improving its Pro 3 range, whether by bringing new software platforms onboard or, in this case, partnering with an expert in hand tracking and gestures to broaden the range of apps that businesses can develop for the augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Why it matters: Device management will never dominate the headlines, but managing VR and AR technology at scale remains a critical issue for businesses. HP, in partnership with ArborXR, an AR/VR device management company, is crossing platforms to reduce the complexity involved with adopting and deploying immersive technologies.

Why it matters: VIVE Flow is slowly but surely carving out its niche among VR headsets. It launched with relaxation and entertainment in mind, aided by a highly mobile design. Now it is potentially a useful device to take on long car journeys, when we get to see holoride’s in-car entertainment platform in action.

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Images: Bodyswaps, NuEyes, HP and holoride

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