Head-mounted displays (HMDs) for virtual reality 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. HMDs have been proven in applications such as:
- Task training for product assembly and service
- Situational 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…..
Many HMDs can be purchased right from the internet, which is very efficient and appropriate depending on the use case, especially single-user experiences. Where HMDs will be used for detailed tasks and collaboration, there are variables in the technology that may need to be considered to ensure goals for the technology will be met. HMDs models vary by capability, image quality/resolution, and immersive field of view. How the HMD connects to other collaborators also needs to be assessed.