The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions among businesses on how to ensure safety and hygiene when using VR/XR headsets for training. A VR headset can be shared by multiple trainees within an organization which is not particularly safe during times of COVID-19. VR training is a safe option when training rooms, equipment, and procedures are properly adapted to avoid viral spread. Some easy methods to stop the spread of the virus through VR training are –
Remodeling the training space
A typical VR training set-up is spread across a 6 x 6-foot space as it just requires a couple of steps for the user to use the product. As social distancing has become the new norm it is recommended that this should be increased to 10 x 10-foot to adhere to the new regulations. In addition, every training station should include hygiene supplies such as hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, replacement face cushions, etc.
Inclusion of disinfectants
Every training space should include UVC which is also known as ultraviolet C. This is a device which neutralizes viruses and bacteria through its light rays. The only drawback of this is that it is an expensive option. Other alternatives could be alcohol-free disinfectant wipes which are cheap and perfect to clean headsets and controllers.
Wearing of disposable VR face masks
Although the disinfectants kill 99.9% of the germs it is always safer to add another layer of safety with the masks. This also helps the trainees feel safer and focus on the training.
Maintaining basic hygiene
It must be ensured that every trainee regularly washes their hands and faces. This should be done in addition to the use of sanitizer before putting on the headsets. Basic hygiene training sessions should be conducted before the beginning of training sessions.
In the near future, VR training could be done at home with headsets filled with the training data shipped to every trainee’s location. Till that day arrives the aforementioned measures should be followed sincerely. In addition, be it VR training at home or at work sanitary procedures should be maintained.
The same methods can be applied to head-mounted VR uses in marketing and sales. Safe and hygienic practices will eliminate risks from shared use and also allow viewers to benefit from a complete 360 immersion. A close alternative to solutions on VR headsets is web VR experiences which can run on most desktop and mobile browsers, though the immersion is not as complete as the head-mounted devices. Do write to us with your questions or concerns.