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Virtual & Augmented Reality

Insight in the Classroom

By 2026, half of the current 8000 maintenance technicians will have retired from Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company. That's why significant numbers of the next generation will have to be trained within a few years. But there's a problem: You can't bring genuine signal box technology or points systems into the classroom. The solution might be VR-technic.

15 Jun. 2018
VR Durchblick im Klassenzimmer
Source: Visopic

The transport company found a virtual reality solution produced by the Munich startup Viscopic, that makes it possible to see railway technology, even in lessons. Viscopic projects three-dimensional representations of point machines or other technical heavyweights into the classroom. Using a VR headset, the extremely realistic holograms can be turned in every direction. You can target details using the headset and expand them even more with an x-ray view. A tap on a virtual interface opens animations that show how the technology works.

The interactive mixed-reality application helps close the gap between theory and practice in training and development. The company, founded in 2016, aims to develop further applications for industrial training. The new technology is suitable for requirements that have long been regarded as difficult to implement, says Marco Maier co-founder and Head of Business Development at Viscopic. "We see huge growth potentials."

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