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Augmented Reality in employee training: why it's not just a gimmick

March 10, 2023
3 min read
Ferenc Boroczky
Founder and CEO of anet360

We often encounter an interesting question that our clients ask us, which is quite understandable. They may have heard of buzzwords like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or Artificial Intelligence, but they may not know what they actually mean or how these technologies work.

When it comes to new technologies, it's easy to dismiss them as nothing more than trendy buzzwords or gimmicks. Augmented Reality (AR) is no exception. Some may see it as just a flashy way to make training more exciting or a fun add-on that doesn't really add much value. But the truth is, Augmented Reality has the potential to revolutionize employee training in ways that we haven't even begun to explore.

First, let's debunk the myth that Augmented Reality (AR) is just a gimmick. Yes, it's true that AR can add a layer of excitement to training, but that's not all it does. By blending virtual elements with the physical world, AR creates a dynamic learning experience that engages all of our senses and makes it easier to retain information. This means that learners are more likely to remember what they've learned and be able to apply it in real-world scenarios. But the benefits of AR go beyond just making training more exciting.

AR can also make training more accessible and cost-effective. With the right software and hardware, AR can be used on a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets, making it accessible to a wider range of learners. And because AR can simulate real-life scenarios in a safe and controlled environment, it can reduce the need for expensive and time-consuming physical simulations.

Of course, like any new technology, AR comes with its own set of challenges. For example, creating AR content can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. And learners who are not tech-savvy may struggle to navigate AR interfaces. But these challenges shouldn't be used as an excuse to dismiss AR altogether. Instead, they should be viewed as opportunities for innovation and problem-solving.

So, why aren't more companies using AR in their employee training programs? Perhaps it's because they're stuck in old ways of thinking or don't fully understand the potential of AR. Or maybe it's because they're afraid to take risks and try something new.

But the truth is, if companies want to stay competitive and attract top talent, they need to embrace new technologies like AR.

Augmented Reality is not just a flashy gimmick, but a powerful tool that has the potential to transform employee training. By embracing AR and its unique capabilities, companies can create more dynamic and effective training programs that engage learners and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. So, let's break free from old ways of thinking and embrace the exciting possibilities of AR in employee training.

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Ferenc Boroczky
Founder and CEO of anet360
With more than 15 years in design and technology focused on people, I've dedicated myself to growing a business that makes a real difference. I'm the Founder and CEO of Another Set of Eyes (anet), a company my wife and I built from scratch. We've come a long way without financial backing from investors, proving our resilience and innovation and developing a high-quality, yet user-friendly software solution. Our mission is to change how organizations gather and use important information, share insights, and train their teams.

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