Optimizing workforce training using VR and Metaverse

India-based AjnaLens is one of the Indian players in XR (extended reality) space joins metaverse Revolution. Founded in 2014, the co-founders have engineering and IIT backgrounds. Designed and manufactured in India, AjnaLens offers Augmented Reality (AR)augmented reality), VR (Virtual Reality), And the mixed reality Solutions with applications across different sectors from skills training to enterprise and even the Indian defense sector.

We recently spent some time at the AjnaLens office in Mumbai to talk with the co-founders, understand product offerings and try out solutions in action.

Company mission and services

The main mission of AjnaLens is to focus on improving the skills of the workforce and bridging the digital divide. The company has teamed up with Tata Technologies to modernize 150 ITI (Industrial Training Institutes) in Karnataka, India; To develop the skills of more than 9000 students using a virtual reality based simulator.

AjnaLens also takes advantage of technologies such as artificial intelligence and mixed reality to upgrade weapon systems and defensive tanks to help increase the effectiveness of combat missions. Mixed reality goggles can be attached to soldiers’ helmets, enabling them to do surveillance and security efficiently.

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Credit – AjnaLens

Although defense was just a by-product, it was now most of their business. This military mixed reality helmet also includes features such as GPS navigation, night vision, LIDAR, Sonar, and thermal scanners.

There are three primary applications for the product:
• Augmented Reality Glasses for Enterprises
• Army Mixed Reality Glasses
• XR station for VR Training purposes

AjnaLens also has its own app marketplace where it can customize apps based on specific customer needs. The market also allows third-party app developers to submit and publish their apps. Using Android OS as a base, AjnaLens has applied for more than 15 national and international patents in augmented reality, and its algorithms are the secret sauce to powering and integrating the entire system.

Skill Upskilling Challenge for Industries

Training the workforce with new skills and capabilities is one of the biggest challenges facing industries. Hybrid work and remote work with COVID-19 are making training more difficult. But with VR and the metaverse, these challenges can be overcome more easily.

In virtual reality training, such as that offered by AjnaLens, workers are immediately transported to the job site (or workshop). It is one of the most effective ways to develop new skills and train the workforce. Scientific research has proven that virtual reality training is more easily absorbed by the brain than traditional classroom training.

Virtual reality training can offer many benefits, but the important aspects are that it provides realistic simulation and the ability to teach even difficult skills. And what better example than a flight simulator where challenging emergency scenarios can be recreated for pilot training?

Watch: AjnaLens VR Training – Teleporting trainees to the workplace

AjnaLens VR for Training Institutes: An immersive and interactive learning method

  • The AjnaLens team gave us a demo of a virtual reality solution for training institutes and we were impressed.
  • The VR headset, AjnaLite 2, is bound by a dedicated VR workstation called the Ajna XR Station, and the software is scalable across different use cases; The institutes only need to download the training modules.
  • Currently, it supports a variety of functions such as welding, painting, fire and safety training.
  • With this immersive 360-degree environment, students or workers can learn skills such as drawing for cars and flying.
  • Upon completing assignments, students get instant grades and can practice for an unlimited time until they can master the operations.
  • Since there is no need to have actual paint and car doors to learn to paint, it allows organizations to significantly reduce overall training costs.
  • For those who wear the spec, the VR glasses have an adjustable dial to adjust the lens power.
  • The screen is bright and crisp and causes no problems for eye fatigue during our limited use.
  • VR goggles and equipment such as the spray gun and welding gun have trackers to track your movement.

We liked the demo of the drawing function, and the accuracy of detail with the spray angle and distance.

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AjnaLens augmented reality glasses for enterprises

  • AjnaLens also has tethered augmented reality glasses and ambient (transparent) type features.
  • These are lightweight glasses that have a 2K display, speaker and camera.
  • It has a field of view of 50 degrees and can be used to create a virtual space from the connected device.
  • These glasses are powered by linking to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC or higher powered smartphone, laptop or tablet using a Type-C cable.
  • There is no processing on the glasses, they only have MCUs for the camera, tracking, sensors and audio.
  • This virtual space can contain holograms, glyphs, digital twins, web browsers, CAD designs, and Office applications.
  • Users can also make virtual team calls via platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
  • We tried it on and it was very comfortable to wear.
  • The screen was bright enough, and the color reproduction was also good.

Overall, we were impressed with the demonstrations we saw in the AjnaLens office, and with the mixed work culture and remote assistance use cases, there is room for growth and expansion outside India. AjnaLens is one company in the XR space to watch out for.

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