The Omni takes virtual reality to an all-encompassing new place for more than just games and entertainment. Gamers can feel immersed in the games they play as the device allows them to move their feet, walk and run along with the program. With the use of Oculus Rift to view their virtual world, the Omni places the user right in the middle of the action. But this is just for starters, as there are applications beyond fun and games that can be extremely useful out there in the real world.
The Virtuix Omni looks like a round treadmill, complete with a railing. The pack for 699 USD includes a special belt and shoes to be used with it. Purchase of the Oculus Rift is separate, but necessary to complete the virtual simulation.
The Omni allows for:
- More interactive remote employee meetings
- Virtual exhibitions for on the job
- Simulations of workplaces
- Increased ease and realistic simulation of training on the job
Particularly for jobs that are more hands-on, is this last point especially relevant. Instead of training EMTs with dummies, they can run to the scene, check the pulse of their charge, load them into the ambulance, and then drive away. They can practice every aspect of their job using the Omni.
Training for a Variety of Job Fields
Some of the other fields which can benefit from practicing job scenarios using the Omni include:
- Nurses and nursing assistants
- Doctors and dentists
- Engineers and those who deal with hardware
- Production line workers
- Those who work in retail
- Clothing designers
- Office workers who need to tour new locations in advance
- Those who need to practice sales and marketing scenarios
- Those who need training speaking before large audiences
- Training motivational speaking
The Training Benefits for Using the Virtuix Omni are Plenty
Any job with a hands-on aspect can use simulation that incorporates feet and movement, as well as the viewing function (from Oculus Rift). Colleagues can demonstrate job functions from a remote location and have the feeling they are in the room together, handing each other instruments and approaching one another. Despite location restraints, they can have the sort of team building and bonding that was previously only possible in person. This will serve to speed up the training process and optimize employee efficiency and cost effectiveness—in saving money on expensive flights, for example.
Virtual reality is a powerful tool for job training that will continue to be optimized as the technology is developed and made readily available on the market. The Virtuix Omni in conjunction with the headset from Oculus Rift are forerunners for improving the on the job training experience and will surely be fixtures on educating individuals in the future.