We can create virtual environments that allow you to simulate a whole host of experiences and scenarios. This may involve moving through virtual spaces to experience being in another place or simulating more intricate procedures to train people to perform tasks in a safe environment. For a full list of the benefits of VR, please check out the FAQ.
The finished virtual experience will depend on what technologies you want to utilise. If you want a more realistic, immersive experience then you may want to use a head mounted display (HMD) that mimics the movements of your head and lets you look around more naturally. These are typically accompanied by handheld controllers that mimic your hands in the virtual setting and allow for selecting and manipulating virtual objects.
If your application requires the exploration of a virtual setting then it may be that a large monitor and more conventional input devices are more suitable. This would be the typical setup for a computer game for example.
The design of the virtual environment is also critical to the application. It could be that you want to re-create a real life setting to explore virtually. We can help with all the content design if required.
Not sure what technologies to use or how best to design your virtual space and behaviors? No problem, just get in touch and we can go through the whole range of available options.
Case Study - Using Virtual Reality to Simulate Fire Evacuations
In conjunction with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and Nottingham University, we were asked to further develop an existing application to help simulate user behaviour in a fire evacuation scenario. The environment was designed to replicate the real-world situation as much as possible. The virtual space had been modelled to look like the realistic internals of an office building and heat lamps situated next to the participant were utilised to simulate genuine heating effects whenever the user encountered a virtual fire. A head-mounted display was used to further add to the realism.
Experiments were conducted to see how participants reacted when they encountered the virtual fire and thereby determine if a simulation of real-world events could be used to effectively train people in the correct fire safety procedures.
We optimised the application in terms of graphical complexity and performance and added a range of behaviours allowing the team at Nottingham to complete the application in due course. We are very flexible as to how much you want us to get involved in your application development, we can do as much or as little as you need.
This work was supported by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health through its research fund.