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AR Training Explained: How To Use Magic Leap In Corporate Learning

From spatial computing devices to advancements in mixed reality, immersive learning is turning an exciting corner with wearable augmented reality devices. Did you know that at least 34% of companies agree that investing in AR training is a top priority this year? Magic Leap 2 has put AR hardware at the forefront of the freshest industry innovations as the ultimate corporate learning solution.

By blending the digital and real worlds, augmented reality training allows learners to stay in the real world while enhancing their training with experiential learning. Working closely with Magic Leap, we set out to redefine XR training by adding AR technology to overlay obstacle courses onto real-world warehouse floors—while in motion! This AR training program illustrates how companies can manage a fleet of AR Magic Leap and collect meaningful learning analytics for strategic decision-making. Let’s dive into how to use Magic Leap in corporate training and explain the benefits of AR training!

AR Training Explained

AR is a versatile learning tool that amplifies workforce productivity by streamlining processes as a layer of digital performance support. The trend of using extended reality in the flow of work can now be a reality for organizations adopting immersive augmented reality devices.

Imagine your team wearing AR smart glasses on a warehouse floor or accessing interactive microlearning on their company tablets. Augmented Reality training provides just in time performance support. Smart AR glasses are revolutionizing how we access and use information while delivering a culture of ongoing learning within your organization. This scalable training solution has the most advanced hand and eye-tracking capabilities for seamless semi-immersive experiences. 

Magic Leap 2 for Training Employees

Magic Leap 2 keeps learners connected to the physical world while they work, blending digital content into their physical environment through transparent lenses. By enhancing collaboration and optimizing work with visual ideation, Magic Leap 2 is transforming the way people approach work. From architectural visualization to applications for manufacturing, the technology runs customized AR apps at scale, with one of the highest compute performance capabilities of any standalone AR device on the market. Let’s explore some of its top features:

Ergonomic Design

Magic Leap 2’s industry-leading design makes a great first impression. Magic Leap’s AR glasses feature a lightweight, ergonomic design. The computing and battery units are housed in a separate computer pack, enhancing user comfort with less weight on the head. With its slim, compact design, Magic Leap 2 is the top choice for AR wearable hardware. 

The Technology

Magic Leap is an Android device with its own SDK and specific software. It offers advanced optics, scalability, and immersive tracking capabilities. While MR headsets use passthrough technology to record the real world and render it for learners to see, Magic Leap uses transparent glasses to keep learners connected to their environment. 

Optics Technology

By allowing learners to view the real world through its patented optics technology, the technology renders digital elements on the lens to guide learners with interactive and intuitive steps and images. With its high-fidelity visuals, learners have crystal-clear views of their work environment while they run their AR training application. 

Eye and Hand Tracking

The Magic Leap 2 allows your eyes to work as a cursor, as the AR headset keeps track of where the user is looking. As learners interact with virtual objects, Magic Leap’s eye-tracking technology highlights wherever the learner gazes. These intuitive interactions allow learners to select what they look at and eliminate the need for controllers, creating a hands-free experience. The eye-tracking technology also allows organizations to collect data on user behavior and attention span, further optimizing user engagement during corporate learning scenarios.  

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Hand tracking lets users interact intuitively with virtual content by using natural hand gestures as an input method. As the Magic Leap 2 camera detects their hand movements in real time, the AR headset can identify hand postures, such as a “pinch” movement, where the thumb and index finger are flexed. Using this model of the user’s hands, the device tracks hand position and rotation across three dimensions. This allows it to locate the hand’s position in space, classify gestures, and identify the right and left hands simultaneously. The hand-tracking feature alone is changing the way we approach work.

Read More: What’s New In XR Training: 5 Examples of AR Training in 2024

How To Use Magic Leap In Corporate Learning

AR training programs make learning intuitive. Employees can simply reach out in front of them, live on the work floor, and interact with superimposed images for practical applications.  Real-time feedback, along with features like voice chat and live instructions can make training experiences even better and motivate learners to excel. Utilizing AR glasses at this scale signals a shift in the industry as Magic Leap grows in popularity for industries like manufacturing and warehousing.

Innovative AR PIT Training: How We Used Magic Leap 2

Roundtable Learning reimagined the application for Magic Leap’s hardware for an innovative AR training program by harnessing XR technology for operating power industrial vehicles. Sparked by a request from a Fortune 10 customer eager to boost safety in their PIT training, they suggested using Magic Leap hardware to allow learners to test their knowledge while operating the equipment. With masterful collaboration, Roundtable Learning helped Magic Leap update its software to work for new use cases. 

While the wearable AR headset wasn’t originally designed to work on mobile structures, Roundtable Learning overcame the challenge of training on a moving platform by working closely with Magic Leap to innovate its technology. This collaboration led to the AR PIT training – a phenomenal program designed to optimize warehouse workflow and keep employees safe. The blend of software and hardware showcases the huge potential of mixed reality for training, transforming industry standards.

By replicating the dimensions of a warehouse, rigorous stress testing with a powered industrial truck allowed Roundtable to push the limits of XR to improve training experiences. By helping Magic Leap understand our client’s training processes and the problems we were aiming to solve, we enhanced Magic Leap software to take full advantage of the unique capabilities of the hardware. Magic Leap hardware pushes the boundaries of what is possible in XR training by keeping track of both the learner and the equipment they are using while in motion. It is the first-ever use of XR tech in mobile equipment operation training for the industry. 

Spatial Mapping

AR devices can understand the physical space surrounding the user with the help of dynamic spatial mapping. Spatial mapping makes it possible to overlay 3D models in specific locations in a real-world warehouse environment. But, how? Spatial anchors are created and used as a reference point to ‘anchor’ any 3D objects to the real-world environment. Using the Magic Leap controller as a point of reference to track the PIT equipment as it moves, the headset also uses spatial mapping features to recognize unique features of the real-world environment to keep track of where learners are in the training space. 

As the Magic Leap 2 headset recognizes the learner’s location in the real-world environment by referencing mapped-out areas, this ‘map’ is used to keep track of any anchors set to position digital objects in the correct location relative to the map. In this use case, Roundtable Learning used a map to recognize the training area of the warehouse and an anchor to position and orient the driving course in the correct location of the warehouse for innovative PIT training. 

Advanced Tracking 

The AR PIT Training program accelerates learning with advanced tracking, including measuring adherence to directions, how fast learners complete courses, and how often they bump into obstacles. This AR training program tracks metrics and gives instant feedback by leveraging an extended reality system, Mercury XRS. This program not only enhances safety and efficiency but also brings real-time feedback and data tracking through Mercury XRS, allowing real-time communication and session playbacks from the learner to the trainer to offer feedback, data, and open communication.  

The Future of XR Training

The Magic Leap 2 is a dynamic solution for corporate learning. By taking an innovative approach to optimizing performance support, AR headsets add digital elements to enhance the training experience. The AR PIT Training program’s unique strategy centers on combining cutting-edge hardware and software innovations to create an unmatched training experience, setting a high standard for industrial XR training programs. 

AR training provides detailed data on employee performance without sacrificing warehouse safety standards. Want to explore a potential use case for AR training in your organization? Try on the Magic Leap 2 and reimagine your approach to work. 

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