HMDs Today - What are HMDs?

Head-mounted displays (HMDs) for virtual reality (VR) have been available for decades. Today’s HMDs, combined with incredible computing power not available decades ago, are at price points that make them ideal for individual or possibly enterprise-wide deployment. VR in HMDs has been proven in applications such as:

  • Task training for product assembly and service
  • Situational VR training such as safety awareness and personal interactions
  • Initial product design review (before sharing with larger teams)
  • Presentation experiences
  • Pilot projects to build business cases for investment in large-scale VR such as video walls and fully immersive workspaces.
  • And more…

Although many HMDs can be purchased online, they may not be the best choice for some use cases. When HMDs will be used for detailed images and collaboration, there are variables in the technology that may need to be considered to ensure goals will be met. Head-mounted display models vary by capability, image quality/resolution, and immersive field of view. How the HMD connects to other collaborators also needs to be assessed.

Man wearing head mounted display in a large-scale VR environment

Collaborative HMDs

Where two or more people need to collaborate locally or remotely, interactive hardware and solutions can be integrated to achieve specific goals. HMDs can be connected to a shared space by uploading data to collaborate locally as if they were reviewing data across from each other. When complex and highly accurate movement tracking is required, motion tracking cameras, bodysuits, treadmills, and other technologies can be integrated to increase the sense of realism.

Wowan wearing head mounted display in Mechdyne CAVE

HMD Collaboration with Large Scale VR Environments

When multi-disciplinary groups, disparate datasets, and presentations are required, a large-scale display environment with connected HMDs may be the best solution. Head-mounted displays can be connected to CAVEs or VR video walls, in a shared space or at a distance. This type of setup is ideal for organizations that have a central development center and need to connect remote colleagues, regionally or globally, to participate in a VR session.

Mechdyne was founded as a virtual reality solution provider and has decades of experience building and connecting virtual reality environments. We can deliver HMD-based virtual reality solutions at any scale, as a turn-key solution with computing and content services. For individuals or multiple, connected devices, we will assess the myriad of HMD models to match mobility, image quality, and computing power to the use-case objectives.

VR Content Development

If your team needs help creating VR content to maximize the ROI of your HMDs or large-scale VR environments, Mechdyne can help. Our custom VR content development team create a wide range of customized, interactive experiences that teach assembly, check components, instill safety, reduce errors in high-risk situations, and more. Learning management is used to provide instant feedback and final scoring if needed.

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