Augmented reality has been under the media spotlight for the last two years but people still confuse virtual reality with augmented reality. So before we get started, it’s important to learn a thing or two about augmented reality. AR is a technology that can overlay digital data live on real world view. It can display graphics, text or other type of data on your real-time view which can give you a whole new way to look at things while navigating a street or learning about new surroundings. However, is it ready to be used in training to help us learn things in a fast and easy way? Let’s find out.
AR technology sounds really cool when you think how it works and how it can change the way you train but it’s not highly polished yet. From a business standpoint, it’s important that technology that’s working during ideal test process will also work properly with or without internet, on-site or in the field and unfortunately AR is not ready to face such conditions yet. The recognition software used in this technology won’t work properly in reflective backgrounds or extremely dark and light places and will lead to catastrophic errors when using augmented reality for training most of the times.
User adoption will also work as a problem here when trying augmented reality for training as the technology requires additional hardware, which means carrying around more chargers and cables, running out of batteries and other similar problems that we face with portable gadgets. Moreover, most trainings are not done on one fixed day so technicians want access to all the important data at all times, not only when they are directly in front of the device.
Most of the trainees and technicians own tablets, smartphones and laptops nowadays so it’s safe to say after observing the current situation that using virtual training apps that includes 3D interactivity is the best training method available at the moment. It may not be able to point at real world things for you when you are looking at something but it’s a better alternative to old PowerPoint presentations. Moreover, once AR technology is highly polished and is more stable, it will be easy to repurpose the old 3D interactivity content for AR based gadgets. The technology may get ready to be used in the next 2 to 3 years but it will be safe for enterprise users to wait a little bit more than that.