SenseGlove Nova & Volkswagen: VR Simulations for Training Industrial Workers
“We want to make the pre-training as realistic as possible for two reasons. First, it saves time. The employees from the line do not have to come to our physical location to train; they can experience it in VR. Second, it enables us to keep the expensive pre-series vehicles we need here in the professional showroom in order to qualify the employees,” said Friedrich Mattiszik, Head of the Production System at Volkswagen.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles began testing the SenseGlove Nova in 2021 in an effort to compare traditional controller-based VR training to VR training that uses haptic force-feedback gloves. Traditional VR training allowed Volkswagen to protect the training equipment from being damaged, however, it did not allow trainees to interact naturally. Additionally, the need to continuously keep the controllers in the user’s hands meant trainees were unable to grab things, let them go again, or feel the details of different sizes in their hands.
“One hundred percent of the trainees who completed the T6 vehicle assembly training found it more realistic to work with SenseGlove Nova versus the controller, simply because they could do more, like grabbing things. It just feels more realistic,” added Marcos Antelo Barrio, Trainer at Volkswagen.
The feeling of realistic physical interaction is possible due to the combination of SenseGlove’s force feedback, vibrotactile feedback, and motion capture features. The force-feedback gloves allow those in assembly training to:
📍 Feel the parts of equipment that need to be assembled;
📍 Ascertain the difference between the sizes and density of each part;
📍 Feel every impact when they connect or insert parts;
📍 Feel vibration when they work with a drilling machine.
Combined with motion capture, the features allow trainees to interact in a similar way as they would in physical training, according to SenseGlove.
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