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Handtracking - how playing with your own hands affects VR occupational health and safety training

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In our training, we focused on virtual reality to provide participants with the most realistic scenarios possible. However, simply providing an image is not enough. That is why, from the very beginning, we focused on ensuring that our applications were supported using handtracking to maximize the realistic nature of the training.

Although most Meta Quest goggle users receive game controllers, we decided to use the potential of handtracking by allowing our training participants to work with their own hands. Why handtracking? Well, this is a step towards an even more realistic and interactive experience in virtual reality.

It is important to save time during training. Using a controller would not be obvious to everyone, and even the younger generation might find it difficult to use. Therefore, we do not require participants to learn how to use controllers - their own hands are enough, which are familiar to everyone, without the need for an instruction manual.

Imagine first aid training where every movement is performed using your own hands, without the need for controllers. It is handtracking that allows us to perform virtual resuscitation directly through hand manipulation, which adds authenticity and intensity to the training experience. It is worth noting that our First Aid applications support all phantoms available on the market. Therefore, if you have a phantom - it can become an additional diversification to First Aid training.

The impact of handtracking on training participants is invaluable. Thanks to the fact that they can use their own hands, participants feel more self-confident and engaged in the exercises. This not only increases their muscle memory, but also intensifies real impressions, which is crucial in occupational health and safety training, where safety and appropriate response to crisis situations are extremely important.

In our VR training, we make sure that each stage, whether occupational health and safety training, first aid or even fire protection training, reflects real situations in which participants will have to act. And in the real world we don't have access to controllers - we only have our hands. That's why we choose handtracking to provide the most authentic training experiences that not only teach, but also prepare for real-life situations.

To sum up, we decided on Handtracking because:

  1. Naturalness of interaction:

  • Hands are a natural tool for interaction in the real world, which makes the use of handtracking more intuitive for training participants.

  1. No need for additional devices:

  • Handtracking eliminates the need for controllers, which means fewer components to operate and potential disruptions to the training experience.

  1. Greater freedom of movement:

  • Participants can move their hands freely, which allows for more natural and fluid gestures and actions in the virtual environment.

  1. Enhanced Immersion:

  • Using your own hands instead of controllers allows for a deeper immersion in virtual scenarios, which increases the level of immersion and involvement of participants.

  1. Precision and accuracy:

  • Handtracking can provide high precision and accuracy in tracking hand movements, which is important for training requiring detailed gestures and manipulations.

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