Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) deliver immersive experiences that extend reality. We consider both of those capabilities to be extended reality (XR)—the first technology to let people experience omnipresent capabilities, relocating them in both time and place.
Forays into XR are solving a tactical pain point that federal agencies and commercial organizations share: distance. In fact, in the global Accenture Technology Vision 2018 Survey, 40 percent of federal executives indicated that removing distance barriers is a driver in their adoption of XR solutions.
Virtual training, real impact
With XR-based training, organizations can bring trainers “on site” from anywhere or have students “travel” virtually to an instructor. Training scenarios can be set up anywhere, then run, rerun and refined to give a firsthand experience of different situations. In short, XR-based training eliminates the distance between student and teacher—and between theory and practice.
Extended reality is closing the distance to new insights. Emerging XR tools express data in 3D environments—closer to the way humans actually see and imagine scenarios. This clears the way for new types of visualizations and new discoveries.
Consider how XR can help improve workforce efficiency by enhancing how technicians maintain or repair assets. XR capabilities make it possible to empower service technicians with access to documentation, subject-matter experts or overlaid step-by-step instructions for a prescribed task. The result? Faster identification and resolution of problems—from the boiler room to the operating room.