Fast forward a few years, Virtual Reality (VR) has been elevated far beyond gimmick status. University students are currently utilising the unique capabilities of VR to tackle complex health and safety issues in the workplace. Councillor & Judge Glenn Tozer, Gold Coast City Council, states the importance of “training in a virtual environment is revolutionary in lowering the risk and injury rate of employees in our workplaces.”
Last Wednesday evening Opmantek partnered with Griffith University to acknowledge the outstanding Industry Projects featuring VR and investigative applications, exemplifying tech with a community conscience. Three of the highest achieving groups from Griffith multimedia, design and ICT presented their Industry Project in competition for $2000 of funding.
The finalists were Virtual Soccer Coach, CSI Application and Vision VR.
The key to creating a better tomorrow is safety training software. Employers utilising VR as a training option for employees will be exposed to innumerable benefits, Cr. reiterates that “As a growing and innovative city, training and education are crucial – it’s a billion-dollar industry.”
With the support and funding from Opmantek, these Griffith University students will continue to lead the development of safer overall operations for future companies and employees. Griffith University ICT & Work Integrated Learning Project Professor, Dr Andrew Lewis confirmed: “Opmantek gives students the opportunity to work with not only their own company but exterior organisations, allowing them to learn, make mistakes and grow their technical abilities to succeed in their future workplaces.”
As for wanting to come back to the real world? We’re pretty sure it’s the virtual one that will have you hooked…with mind-expanding features along with ease of use, workplace VR safety will have you knowing your thumb pad from your focus wheel in no time.
Thank you to the Opmantek Award’s esteemed judges;
Councillor Glenn Tozer, Gold Coast City Council.
Keith Sinclair Chief Technology Officer, NMIS Founder Opmantek.
Professor Bela Stantic, Head of School, School of Information and Communication Technology.
Vision VR – Reece Wilson, Gareth Morrison, Adam Glachan, Torben Mitchell, Jay Conway, Oliver Wilson
CSI app – Kirra Rafton, Jacob Littlejohns, Samuel Wren, Chloe Jacobs, Ilija Kljajic
Virtual Soccer Coach – Kirandeep Kaur Chhina, Braden Costin, Rebecca Harvey, Mohini Ganpatbhai Patel