Virtual Reality for Industrial Assembly Training: The Impact of Tool Interaction Realism on Learning Outcomes

Daniel Niedermayr, Josef Wolfartsberger, Martina Maurer

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Abstract

Virtual Reality is a transformative technology with potential for industrial training. By offering immersive, safe, and cost-effective simulations, Virtual Reality can greatly enhance learning outcomes and operational efficiency in industrial settings. This paper investigates the use of Virtual Reality to improve manual assembly process training in industry. To date, little research has been done on the impact of realistic tool simulations, especially with the use of standard controllers instead of specialized equipment. To address this research gap, a user study compared two versions of a Virtual Reality application: one with realistic tool interactions and one without. Participants actively engaged with these variants, allowing for a detailed analysis of performance and learning outcomes. The findings reveal no significant difference in learning outcomes between those variants. This challenges the assumption that increased realism automatically improves learning in Virtual Reality for industrial training. However, the qualitative evaluation reveals more user engagement and entertainment when realistic tool interactions were incorporated. In summary, Virtual Reality training offers immersive and cost-effective solutions for industrial applications. These insights contribute to exploring optimal implementation strategies for Virtual Reality trainings in industrial settings, where the balance between realism, complexity, engagement, and learning effectiveness is being investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct, ISMAR-Adjunct 2023
EditorsGerd Bruder, Anne-Helene Olivier, Andrew Cunningham, Evan Yifan Peng, Jens Grubert, Ian Williams
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages183-190
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9798350328912
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct, ISMAR-Adjunct 2023 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 16 Oct 202320 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct, ISMAR-Adjunct 2023

Conference

Conference2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct, ISMAR-Adjunct 2023
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney
Period16.10.202320.10.2023

Keywords

  • Assembly Training
  • Empirical studies in interaction design
  • Evaluation
  • Human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Human-centered computing
  • Interaction design
  • Interaction Design
  • Interaction paradigms
  • Manufacturing
  • Virtual reality
  • Virtual Reality

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