When we think of using VR in job training, we may think of situations that are dangerous or expensive. Things like flying a plane or fighting a war.
There are XR applications for this purpose but there are also applications for things like developing interpersonal skills. The XR business solutions company, Talespin, has now launched a new platform, which incorporates their already existing product, Virtual Human, now called CoPilot. This new platform will allow companies to share knowledge and better train their employees. With the help of virtual reality, of course.
Next-Level VR Training
The new platform, called Runway, has just launched this morning.
“We’re giving people the building blocks that they need to be better prepared for real, nuanced conversations in the workplace,” Talespin co-founder and CEO Kyle Jackson told ARPost in an interview earlier this year. “It’s similar to practicing batting in baseball with a pitching machine, or preparing to become a pilot with a flight simulator.”
Runway’s VR training content library includes two training modules for different skillsets. Propel is for object-based learning like memorization and identification. Focused on soft skills, CoPilot, fromerly known as Virtual Human, is for developing interpersonal communication skills.
In addition to that, Runway also offers a content library for training insurance specialists. The content library was created in collaboration with Farmers Insurance, according to a release shared with ARPost. The US insurance provider will also be one of the first users of the VR training platform.
“This content library empowers Farmers to leverage new and exciting forms of VR technology and training in a way that better serves our employees and allows us to continue to drive further innovation within the insurance industry,” said Farmers’ head of Claims Shared Services, Tim Murray.
Supporting XR Technology Adoption
Runway should clearly be exciting to any industry professionals interested in using XR for training. However, it should also be exciting to the rest of the XR community. Industry plays an important role in the XR technology adoption. It’s also a driving factor in the development of new and better XR software. However, one of the biggest barriers to industry adoption is cost.
Our off-the-shelf content library for the insurance industry is just the beginning of our mission to help all industries bring the benefits of XR to their transformation story.
“We’re lowering the barrier to entry with our expanded platform, which helps any company better train its workforce and share knowledge with its employees,” Jackson said in the release. “Our off-the-shelf content library for the insurance industry is just the beginning of our mission to help all industries bring the benefits of XR to their transformation story.”