With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading rapidly across the globe and the CDC just reporting over 100,000 cases worldwide, alarm bells are sounding off throughout the media and the global financial markets. The SXSW Interactive XR Conference in Austin, where Grasp co-founders Matt Zeiger and Chris Ekstein were both scheduled to speak, has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. SXSW, which was to take place March 13-22, Typically attracts hundreds of thousands of people.
Healthcare VR Training
There are many use cases for immersive AR/VR technologies during the global Coronavirus response. Virtual Reality Technology can help train Frontline Healthcare workers to respond to the pandemic efficiently and effectively. Managing a potential surge in patients through specialized AR/VR training designed for pathological scenarios has key advantages. VR/AR powered training is easy to deploy by sending standalone 6 DOF VR Goggles so a physical classroom setup is not necessary. Practical training on how to administer test kits, proper sanitation methods and treatments can help health practitioners apply learned concepts immediately in the real world.
“Immersive preventive medicine could very well be the trump card in eradicating the Coronavirus, and ensuring such outbreaks are predicted and dealt with in the future. ” -Dr. Sana Farid, Immersive Learning Expert
Remote Employee Training with Virtual Reality
As Coronavirus has necessarily caused isolation and grounded travel plans for many, VR picks up the slack. Activities that once required an “in-person” presence can now be done virtually. The benefits of VR as immersive, memorable, and the closest thing you can get to “being there.” Companies over the last several years were already accelerating their adoption of VR for employee training. It just makes sense: it saves money while easily scaling to deploy to 100s or 1000s of workers.
VR Training can help alleviate the burden of onboarding new employees, who may have to take over temporarily for workers impacted by government actions related to the virus. For instance, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Japanese schools to close for the month of March. For parents unable to go to their work because of this, temporary employees can quickly and easily use VR applications to learn all facets of a job.
Preventative Virtual Reality
As Coronavirus has spread from Wuhan to the rest of the globe, the ability to spot and treat symptoms *quickly* has become incredibly important. VR technology can help to aid in spotting symptoms of Coronavirus, and can also prepare workers for how to answer questions about the pandemic as well.
Cultivating preventive measures through targeted courses in VR training aimed at healthcare professionals and the public can make a big difference in disseminating information. Conventional training approaches, such as reading manuals or conducting one-on-one classes, are very expensive and time consuming.
VR Training can help alleviate the burden of on-boarding new employees, who may have to take over temporarily for workers impacted
We anticipate agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other public agencies will use virtual reality applications to train workers on how to interact with travelers and visitors worried about the disease.
The supply chain of the Oculus Quest from China never recovered from being sold out during the holidays, new units promised in February never materialized, and Best Buy, Amazon and Game Stop are still not taking any orders.