March 25, 2020 – Version 2.1
This build focuses on quickly getting new users setup, familiarized and up to speed with using their Real-Forklift. As part of that update, we have completely revised the initial startup sequence. Neo (our virtual trainer) will now provide additional guidance to help users get their headset positioned properly and quickly calibrate the real with the virtual.
Once calibrated new users will start their Guided Path training. Guided Path training achieves two objectives:
Throughout their experience, Operators will have the opportunity to get additional feedback from Neo and to ask Neo to assist with Navigation to get to the required training faster.
Our new calibration utility is guided by Neo. New users can opt for the step-by-step guided tutorial, while experienced users can quickly calibrate.
Why is calibration important? In a mixed reality environment you have real world objects (steering wheel and Real-Control) that need to align with what you are seeing. If this experience is poor, then the risk of VR confusion, poor experience, and vection (VR induced motion sickness) can occur
One of our goals with our Spring 2020 update was to make the training experience more natural. With our Real-Forklift we mix Virtual and real seamlessly. The steering and fork controls are real, but the ignition and parking brake are 100% virtual. We put emphasis on the things most used, but provide the retention training on all important aspects of forklift training.
New for our spring 2020 release is Guided Path learning. After 100s of users testing, we learned that it is important to provide structure early on with our new users (new either with VR or forklifts), but how do we do that effectively and naturally. Now it’s as easy as telling Neo that you are ready to start training.
Additionally, we wanted users to quickly check their progress. While Neo will always direct you to the next activity, you can view all of the activities available. Our learning program, is progressive and targets all OSHA learning and training requirements for forklift certification. Once you have completed training, you will gain access to practice area, courses, and our Virtual Reality Forklift Rodeo Competitions.
One of the bigger challenges with VR, especially vehicle-based VR is the effect of locomotion on the user. While almost all users will acclimate to VR there are those that may take longer than others. To help make the experience enjoyable and productive we are happy to introduce VR Tolerance.
VR Tolerance starts at 1 and as a user gets used to VR can move to a 10. With our new VR Tolerance setting of 1 even the most susceptible people to vection find themselves much more comfortable in our Real-Forklift.
It comes down to what is our objective and what is important about the learning. Combined with our GuidedPath learning, new operators will still be able to learn the skills that transfer to the real-world and quickly engage in more complex tasks that they would never do in real world training.
Check it out! VR Tolerance improves new user’s ability to train by more than 3x than our previous version