Virtual reality tech for ‘safety-critical’ training in Britain

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Credit: Cineon Training

A new training program will use virtual reality (VR) technology to train workers more effectively in a bid to prevent accidents in “safety-critical” industries like aviation, the military and nuclear power, according to a statement released Monday by the University of Exeter.

Cineon Training is a new training and technology organization co-created by scientist from the University of Exeter, Exeter-based Cineon Productions and experts from the nuclear industry.

The organization is developing immersive, 360-degree training through virtual reality headsets to prevent accidents and improve the performance of workers, according to the university.

It also uses technology such as eye tracking and physiological monitoring to help understand how people learn and why they make errors, particularly when under pressure or stress.

“The technology and methods that we use allow us to simulate stressful, high-risk environments, using mobile head-mounted simulators,” said Sam Vine, from the University of Exeter.

The aim is to use technology, scientific theory and measurement techniques such as eye tracking to train people to perform more effectively, and provide feedback to trainers, added Vine.

Source: Manila Bulletin