Jan. 25—GREENSBURG — The Greensburg/Decatur County Economic Development Corporation hosted a virtual reality event at Greensburg City Hall to explore new options when deciding on a career.
The Vision Three Company brought its touring travel show to Greensburg to experience first-hand a day in the life at one of Indiana’s top manufacturing companies and explore creative avenues for workforce development, education and marketing.
Wearing virtual reality headsets, all participants virtually explored computer-generated “reality,” giving them hands-on experience in various manufacturing environments in various industries.
Virtual reality is a simulated experience that uses close-up 3D displays, sensors and processed sound to give the user a taste of the virtual world. Many of today’s students are familiar with virtual realities, especially through working with video games.
After filming everything in the scope of industry, V3 provides cloud-based realities that immerse each student in training protocols (such as medical or military training, or working with industry-specific machinery) in a way that the student can experience get personal from their explorations. .
Other distinct types of VR-style technology include augmented reality and mixed reality, sometimes referred to as extended reality or XR, although definitions are currently changing due to the energy of the industry.
VR education meets multigenerational learners where they are and uses the power of total immersion to create a direct and lasting sense of being there.
Vision Three provides experience and immersion in skills, interests, industries, and even job shadowing. This platform fosters balanced college and career readiness, increases employability skills, maximizes inclusive student success, and connects talent to workforce opportunities.
The large conference in City Hall was set up with brightly colored gray and orange stanchions with Oculus-style VR headsets. With some adjustments to account for different head sizes and obstacles such as goggles, the participant was placed into the alternate reality and invited to explore.
There were two major sessions on the day and students from South, North and Greensburg participated. The morning session was reserved for students, while the afternoon portion of the V3Connect Roadshow was aimed at local corporations and members of the public.
After the audience glued and “explored,” Decatur County Community Foundation Director Tami Wenning said, “I think it’s amazing how a computer can trick the brain into believing that what you see in the headphones is that’s true.”
Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email [email protected]