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Virtual Reality and Interpersonal Skills Training – a Guest Post from VRIST

At WorldViz, we’re deeply involved in VR for training. We want to highlight the work of one of our partners working on training solutions: VRIST (Virtual Reality Interpersonal Training). VRIST creates VR tools for “soft-skills” training with the help of WorldViz software. This guest post from VRIST lets them describe two of their new products and why they think VR is poised to transform this space.

VRIST – Virtual Reality Interpersonal Skills Training

Do you want your collaborators, managers and leaders to be more persuasive? To give off a better first impression? To be more convincing or impactful in social interactions? To be less stressed in social evaluation situations? To handle difficult social interactions with serenity? To communicate more efficiently? If so, it’s time to consider Virtual Reality for training.

VR provides life-like environments for people to practice a wide variety of interpersonal skills. There’s been a lot of attention recently on “hard-skills” VR training such as manufacturing procedures or equipment repair, but we think VR is poised to transform “soft-skills” training as well.

Traditionally, interpersonal skills training involves role-play with other people. VRIST offers a completely new way of training in which the training partners are virtual humans who are […]

Introducing VizBox: A Portable VR System for Professionals

We’ve been hearing from our customers for a while about the difficulties that come with setting up and transporting VR workstations.

We also had a problem ourselves – we have anawesome new virtual reality meeting and collaboration platform called Vizible, but not everyone we want to meet in VR has a system that we think does justice to the experience. We needed a system that was strong enough to ship to our clients and provided top-of-the line immersion, but was easy enough to use that a person new to VR could set it up easily.

At WorldViz, we have more than 15 years of experience designing VR hardware and software solutions, and a few months ago we put our heads together to see how we could address this problem.We came up with the WorldViz VizBox, a first-of-its-kind, patented, portable VR system for professionals. The VizBox delivers fully immersive 6DOF virtual reality content and is designed to be self-contained with minimal set-up. Housed completely inside a sturdy Pelican case, it’s robust enough for safe shipping and travel.

We’ve been putting VizBoxes to the test ourselves by shipping them to […]

Updates To Vizible: Parenting Assets, Copying Assets, New Avatars, And More

Vizible is our VR creation and collaboration tool that lets people easily create immersive VR experiences and experience them with people around the world for real time communication and collaboration in virtual reality. We’re making improvements to Vizible all the time, and this post highlights just a few of the recent updates. Want to try Vizible? Sign up here.

Parenting Assets

Now in the Vizible Presentation Designer you can create “parent-child” relationships between assets in your VR presentations. You can link assets to each other, making it easy for you to move, rotate, and scale them all at once. Also, when you create an animation or other behavior on the “parent” asset, it will flow through to the “children” assets as well. If you’re triggering an animation and want to raise four different window assets, you can use parenting so that you only need to animate one “parent” window, and not all four (so long as the others are set as children). Here’s a GIF of me parenting two 3D models together so that when I rotate one, it also rotates […]

The Forgotten Revolution: Virtual Reality Projection

In the Virtual Reality world, the talk of the town right now is about Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs). HMDs – or some say 3D headsets – are fantastic for certain use cases, but technology developments have made 3D projection-based virtual reality systems incredibly affordable and easy to implement. While not getting lots of attention, this forgotten revolution is worth exploring for anyone interested in immersive technology.

HMDs: Strengths and Limitations

First, though, a bit more about HMDs, their strengths – and their limitations, many of which highlight the strengths of VR projection systems. HMDs are uniquely capable of transporting users to different places and making people feel as if they are “right there” or even sharing the space with others. HMDs allow users to block out any perception of the real world and give a reasonably wide field of view that allows users to look through the HMD into the virtual world, similar to how a diver looks through a dive mask when exploring underwater realities.

There’s a big difference between the diver and the HMD user though. For one, the diver can still see her real […]

November Tech Tip: Recording & Embedding Avatars In VR Presentations with Vizible

At WorldViz, we make tools that help a wide variety of professionals create immersive VR experiences that can be experienced collaboratively. Our VR collaboration solution Vizible (try it here), has a unique feature that we want to highlight in this post: avatar recording.

 

 

Avatar recording gives you the ability to record your avatar’s movements, gestures, actions, and voice. Then you can embed that recording inside of your Vizible presentation. Before we get into the how, first let’s explore the why. There are lots of possible use cases for this feature.

The Why

The obvious one: you could record yourself as an avatar as you explain particular aspects of the 3D models or 360 photos/videos in the scene. Since the recording includes your gestures and interactions with the scene, you could be explaining a model as you interact with it. You could have it in your hands and rotate it, or point your laser pointer anywhere in the environment as you talk. Then, when anyone views that Vizible presentation, they’ll see your avatar recording exactly as you’ve recorded it – voice, gestures, laser pointer, drawings, […]

October Tech Tip: Bringing Spherical Videos Into Vizible VR Presentations

WorldViz is creating a next-generation VR creation and collaboration solution, Vizible. If you’d like to apply for the beta and try it today, you can sign up here.

When designing 3D/VR environments, we think you should be able to bring a wide array of content into your creations. In our Vizible Presentation Designer, you can import 3D models, images, videos, pdfs, and more. Once you’ve created your presentation, you can hold meetings inside of it from VR or a desktop. This blog post will focus on one kind of content you can import into the Vizible Presentation Designer: spherical 360 degree videos. We’ll also show you how to bring this content into your Vizible presentations and how it looks once inside.

First – why use spherical videos? For one, they create a much more immersive experience over 2D videos, since viewers can freely look around and experience the video in a more life-like way. There are some spherical videos you can find online, but to create your own you’ll need a 360 degree camera. The cost of these cameras is going down rapidly, and we’ve seen cameras that capture great spherical videos […]

3 Factors for Maximizing the Value of your Virtual Reality Project

As businesses are ready to adopt virtual reality – and are diving deep into VR project implementation – there are some key factors to consider for successful deployment.

Successful Enterprise VR Deployment

With over 15 years of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies across several industries to make VR a success, we have identified three crucial factors for profitable VR deployment in enterprises.

1. Think About the Problem VR is Going to Solve

Start by deciding exactly how you plan to use virtual reality and how it will fit into your processes. Focus on the people who will use the VR solution and determine exactly what they want it to deliver.

For sales and marketing purposes, VR helps you present products to your prospects – giving them the opportunity to experience the product before buying it without the need for physical travel. This strengthens customer relations and satisfaction.

For design collaboration, VR brings stakeholders on board and communicates development goals clearly. This can reduce friction and change orders down the line.

For academia, VR improves experimental setups and help gather results on a larger scale while being in full control of the setup. This is specifically valuable for delivering clean scientific data, which can leapfrog your […]

“WorldViz eyes enterprise VR as the next step in collaboration”

Interview: Why VR is “Transforming the World of Business”

Thank you Jeff Haden for this great interview with WorldViz CEO Andrew Beall about why Virtual Reality is “transforming the world of business.”

Author: Jeff Haden, published on LinkedIn, September 21, 2017

Forget Mobile Phones: VR Will Be the Next Great Connectivity and Collaboration Platform

Listen to the hype and it seems like every new technology will someday transform the world of business.

And then there are the technologies that already are transforming the world of business.

Virtual Reality is one of those technologies. While uses in gaming and entertainment tend to draw the most attention, use of VR in enterprises – and in small businesses, too – will change the way companies design products, collaborate, conduct training…

A company at the forefront of VR business use is WorldViz, provider of turnkey interactive visualization and simulation solutions. These include systems for platform and application development, motion tracking, design, and scalable software and hardware solutions.

Intel Capital made it possible for me to speak with WorldViz co-founder and CEO/CTO Andrew Beall about how Virtual Reality will help transform the way large and small companies do business.

Unless I’m wrong, you’ve gone from almost a provider of sophisticated tools to a very customer-facing company.

That’s partly true. We’re now fifteen years into […]

“Democratizing VR Collaboration: A Conversation with WorldViz”