Using Hands in Virtual Reality – How VisionThree is Eliminating Controllers

Using Hands in Virtual Reality – How VisionThree is Eliminating Controllers

VisionThree is using the latest technology to optimize Virtual Reality (VR) hardware to its greatest potential. 

We’re creating VR solutions that effectively allow the user to interact with virtual objects with more natural, controller-free, gestures. Users are now able to see virtual representations of their own hands in the environment!

VisionThree recently had the opportunity to present our innovative VR maintenance training capabilities to an audience of U.S. Military officials. The distinguished audience, who have been early adopters of virtual training, were amazed by how seamlessly our VR solutions incorporated the user’s own hands instead of requiring the use of bulky controllers.

As the military has learned, the advantages of VR in training are vast. Current research shows that use of a VR-based training solution can change the paradigm from traditional passive learning to active learning models. Learners don’t always remember what they are told, but they almost always remember what they’ve done.

Imagine training your employees in a risk-free virtual environment. One where they are free to make and learn from mistakes without worrying about wasting company resources. They could instantly reset whatever skills they are trying to hone again and again until they have mastered them. This sort of repetition would not require more materials for practicing physical tasks. Additionally, an instructor presence is not required to demonstrate a specific skill again and again until no one had any further questions.

Virtual Training is rapidly becoming the new standard for boosting training retention rates and lowering training times and costs.  Recent feedback indicates that our VR environment can:

  • Create a more realistic/effective learning environment
  • Increase training depth (more reps/sets available in a quicker time period)
  • Allow for more natural interactions with the integration of the user’s hands, and eliminates any handicap due to knowledge of controller functionality
  • Lower training costs (on-site training available)
  • Eliminate need for a full-scale simulator (equipment costs are vastly improved)
  • Provide distance learning opportunities (Portability and/or over networked lines)

Scientists have long predicted the value of VR in training. Studies about information retention conducted by the National Training Laboratories show the following statistics:

  • Traditional, passive learning methods such as reading, listening to lectures, and watching instructional videos result in information retention of between five and 20 percent.

  • Seeing a demonstration of a technique increases retention to 30 percent.

  • Active learning—repetitively performing a technique or applying information—can increase retention to 75 percent.

  • Having the opportunity to practice and make mistakes can increase retention to 90 percent.

We believe that Virtual Reality has endless possibilities in training. VisionThree has a number of VR projects in the pipeline already today. And we’re excited to see where these new developments take this powerful tool in the future!

VisionThree Hosts Experience Makers for “VR Talk” Speaker Series Event

VisionThree Hosts Experience Makers for “VR Talk” Speaker Series Event

VisionThree was proud and excited to welcome over 50 Experience Makers into our humble abode this past Tuesday evening. This group, primarily focused on user experience design in all forms, seeks to “inspire, educate, and design a better Indianapolis.”

This VR talk, led by Partner & Strategy Director Jake Leeman, centered around what V3 has seen and experienced professionally in the VR space here in the Midwest over the past year.

Highlights included an overview of the rapidly growing AR/VR market – projected by TechCrunch to hit $108 billion by 2021 – and a discussion on the various technology and hardware sales and advancements in the Virtual Reality space over the past year. As this technology continues to mature, and hardware becomes cheaper and more readily available, we will begin to see VR spread to the masses within the next year or two.

Experience Makers participated in three VR demos of actual projects.

Jake also covered the three areas of business interest that V3 has seen spike over the past six months: Brand Experiences, Product Demonstrations, and Education & Training. The discussion around each of these areas included an overview of three VR-based case studies for actual paid VR projects V3 has completed since January.

  1. Brand Experiences: Creating immersive environments, activities and experiences centered around brand activation and engagement with consumers
  2. Product Demonstrations: Showcasing virtual products, services or systems that are too small, large, complicated or costly to demonstrate in real life
  3. Education & Training: Utilizing a virtual environment to supplement current training & education initiatives for manufacturing, engineering, etc.
The talk concluded with some UX tips and tricks that the V3 team has learned from during our design and development on recent VR projects:
  1. KISS: VR is still new to most users
  2. Create simple & clear UI Design, tasks, & objectives within the space
  3. Design for the virtual environment users need (180º, 360º)
  4. Keep the experience short & focused (1-2 minutes)
  5. Ease your users into the experience (Acclimation Period)
  6. Don’t forget about actual reality (the space, the gear, etc.)
  7. Test, test and more testing; what can go wrong, will go wrong

VisionThree is thrilled to share our knowledge and experience of this exciting and growing space with other creative professionals here in Indianapolis. Virtual Reality is here to stay, and we’re glad to be a part of creating amazing VR experiences right here in the Midwest!

Interested in getting a private demo of our VR work? Call or email us (sales@visionthree.com) to schedule your own VR experience soon!

VisionThree Creates a Modern, Interactive Media Experience for Purdue Alumni’s Boilermaker Station.

VisionThree Creates a Modern, Interactive Media Experience for Purdue Alumni’s Boilermaker Station.

VisionThree creates an engaging multi-user touchscreen experience for the Purdue University Alumni Association.

Another recent example of VisionThree’s successful experience-creation strategy is the Purdue Alumni Experience, a large-format touchscreen experience that allows multiple users to interact at the same time. Unveiled in late March at the new Boilermaker Station, this experience has already proven to be a hit with visitors. VisionThree, headquartered in Indianapolis, is known for its unique approach to designing experiences through the use of technology and engaging interactive design.

Alumni, current students, and their families are encouraged to explore decades of imagery that highlight various categories such as historic milestones, leaders, traditions, and accomplished alumni. This experience’s dynamic content has been brought to life on the screen through stunning animations that build and transition away as each user explores the content. These subtle interactions allow guests a freedom of exploration where curiosity and discovery are encouraged and reinforced visually.

This interactive experience will reside on a massive 98” touchscreen display at Boilermaker Station, a room dedicated to the Purdue Alumni Association on campus within the Purdue Memorial Union, across from the Welcome Center. This screen size is central to delivering an experience that will accommodate multiple users at the same time, as they visit the room on a game day or during other social or school events.

This is exactly what the Alumni Association needed – a really cool and engaging way to show how broad the Alumni footprint really is. And one that they can grow and keep fresh with new content. Not a lot of universities are doing that well. As a Boiler Alum myself, it was a great honor to be a part of this project.

JASON MORRIS

DIGITAL PRODUCER, VISIONTHREE

VisionThree worked with the Alumni Association to clearly define the purpose and objectives of both the room itself and this key interactive experience, making sure we could deliver on our promise of creating an experience that truly mattered.

VisionThree’s creative and development teams then worked hand in hand to concept a visual experience that would be easy to use, intriguing to look at, and fun to engage with. This internal collaboration – between design and technology – has been central to VisionThree’s continued success as design trends and interactive technology have continued to evolve.

The Purdue Alumni Experience at its core is built around the concept of a dynamic photo wall that populates with unique content each time it is activated. Visitors begin exploring by touching any of the images on the screen. That interaction will trigger a larger version of the image, along with some supporting contextual information. However, that same interaction will also trigger a random assortment of thumbnails from within the same category to appear all around it, encouraging further exploration within that media collection.

Behind this touch-based interactive experience lies a robust content management system built by VisionThree. This CMS allows the Alumni Association to constantly monitor, curate and expand its collection of content through a simple online interface. This web-based portal provides a convenient and secure way to manage the experience’s content to keep it fresh and exciting as the media collection grows.

In addition to this interactive experience, VisionThree also developed a branded animation that plays under a custom branded facade along the exterior hallway wall. This highly visual and compelling piece aids in attracting attention to this new area of the Union. The infinite expandability, along with rich data tracking for detailed analytics, combined with the overall design and development of both the interactive experience and attraction video, create an entertaining alumni experience that will live on for years to come.

For more information about the Boilermaker Room, including its hours and location, click here.

Immersive “Bicentennial Experience” Connects with Hoosiers using Interactives from VisionThree and Sensory Technologies

Immersive “Bicentennial Experience” Connects with Hoosiers using Interactives from VisionThree and Sensory Technologies

VisionThree partners to create a memorable immersive experience that will tour Indiana as part of its bicentennial celebration.

VisionThree and Sensory Technologies, both headquartered in Indianapolis, are known for their unique approach to designing experiences through the use of technology and engaging interactive applications. The most recent example of their partnership is The Bicentennial Experience, a technology-infused mobile museum unveiled last Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD).

Governor Mike Pence gives the open remarks at the unveiling of the Bicentennial Experience.

Hoosier visitors are encouraged to reminisce and dream as they interact with several captivating touch displays, customized programming, compelling visual imagery, and immersive audio – all featuring iconic Indiana sights and sounds. The seamless integration of audio-video capabilities and interactive design allows for a rich story to emerge within the mobile unit.

The self-contained mobile unit will reside at the Indiana State Fair for three weeks, before visiting communities across the state. It will be making stops in many of the cities on the bicentennial torch relay route, covering over 3200 miles.

“We’re excited to be a part of this amazing experience that brings Hoosier pride to life,” said Jeff White, partner at VisionThree. “Reaching today’s audiences can be difficult. Through a creative blend of intuitive design and engaging interactive content, we are able to successfully connect with visitors young and old. This compelling interactive prompts them to explore and learn more about our state’s rich history and exciting future.”

VisionThree guided the creative concepting for the overall experience, helping to bring cohesion to the initial vision. Brainstorming with Sensory Technologies on creative and technical solutions for telling these rich stories was crucial to the success of this experience. Successfully combining exciting and engaging interactive content with robust, well-engineered technology has proven to be key for these companies continued partnership over the past three years.

The Bicentennial Experience contains 6 different exhibits areas in total. Visitors begin by exploring Indiana’s stunning landscapes, historical sites and modern attractions in the Indiana Treasures space, using an engaging photo-viewing application that arranges images from all over the state in a dynamic shape matching the state’s, loosely positioned according to their real-life locations. VisionThree brought these otherwise static images to life, imbibing the display with a sense of energy and movement.

Visitors enjoy learning more about Indiana’s natural resources, historical landmarks and beautiful scenery.

Visitors are then guided through an Indiana Leads display, which educates them on the people who helped put Indiana on the map. The next area, Indiana Grows, brings our rich agricultural heritage to life using bold imagery, peek-a-boo discovery panels and a smell station.

Indiana Innovates highlights many remarkable Hoosier inventions and products with actual artifacts, while also covering the state’s production and technology history through three looping video stations, each focusing on a different area.

In the Indiana Inspires area, visitors are invited to explore a visual database of some well known – and some not-so-famous – faces. Touching these photos brings up more information about these notable Hoosiers, denoting both their accomplishments and which part of the state they are from. VisionThree paid careful consideration to making sure that every touch interaction springs to life with dynamic animation and content reveals.

Visitors explore famous Indiana faces.

The last area, Indiana Unites, is the finale for the exhibit, engaging visitors through a powerfully inspiring video that celebrates our past, present and future.

These experiences, both active and passive, combine to create a memorable experience for each visitor. The Bicentennial Experience as a whole focuses on the pride we should have as Hoosiers in our rich history and bright future. VisionThree is proud to be an Indiana company that has helped achieve this compelling experience for residents of our entire state. One that truly embraces our motto: “Experiences Matter.

For more information on Bicentennial events, visit www.in.gov/ibc/

For more information on Sensory Technologies, visit www.sensorytechnologies.com/