Bringing high tech to the trades with 5G-enabled AR

The increased interest in the skilled trades is a positive, as national organizations like the Associated General Contractors of America say the influx could help address the current shortage of workers. Schools are also tackling a growing concern among would-be students: Cost. For example, the WakeWorks Apprenticeship program at Wake Tech, a technical college in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers programs to train carpenters, automotive service technicians, HVAC technicians, electricians and more — and students in the program can receive free tuition.

Other solutions to increase trade workers are gaining traction, as well. For example, there are aspects of skilled trade professions that can only be learned through experience — and that can be difficult when the experience involves minute details or taking apart and reassembling million-dollar pieces of equipment. The high speed and low latency that 5G can provide could help to overcome this obstacle, and more companies are creating 5G-connected tools that use AR for training purposes, overlaying information onto a view of the real environment around the user, and virtual reality ( VR), which puts users in a completely virtual environment.

Why augmented reality training matters for skilled trades

Learn by doing. That’s a key aspect of many trades, and it’s not just because most skilled trades are focused on hands-on work. It’s because doing triggers a different learning process in your brain.

“Instead of just looking at a two-dimensional screen or reading, you are actually experiencing it, which causes your brain to ingrain the tasks in your memory,” says Rachel Mann, M.Ed., a speaker and futurist focused on disruptive technology. , education and careers. “You can then recall the information and replicate that experience.”

This is where AR and VR could really come into their own for hands-on training. “Augmented reality and virtual reality both create an immersive experience that allows trainees (both students and workers) to build muscle memory through repetition, but in a safe environment where trainers can closely monitor their movements to provide immediate instructional guidance,” says Suzanne Borders, CEO, and co-founder of BadVR, which creates AR for data analytics for public safety and business uses. “Combined with 5G speed and connectivity, these experiences have the potential to pioneer the future of professional education and training.”


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