Vidoni™ AR/MR (Vidoni™ or the “Company”) is a mixed reality (MR) software company developing an MR training platform to provide enterprises with the ability to offer hands-on training to employees in a more efficient manner. The company has developed a patent pending technology that uses AR/MR headsets to marker-less motion capture with AI technology the hand movements of an instructor for playback to a trainee with headset such as the Microsoft Hololens in Mixed Reality. Corporations and content creators will finally be able to distribute hands-on MR learning content for use by employees remotely via Mixed Reality headsets.
ONE SKILLED GENERATION IS OUT. WHERE’S THE NEXT?
Just as technology is turning the industry on its head, millions of people are leaving manufacturing jobs. More than 2.6 million baby boomers are expected to retire in the next decade, many of them in management positions. With fewer younger people entering the workforce, this leaves a huge shortage. Companies are having to invest significant time and other resources into hiring. The average is 94 days to recruit engineering and research employees and 70 days to recruit skilled production workers for manufacturing positions.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 6, 2018 – Worldwide spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) is forecast to be nearly $20.4 billion in 2019, an increase of 68.8% over the $12.1 billion International Data Corporation (IDC) expects will be spent this year. The latest update to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide also shows that worldwide spending on AR/VR products and services will continue this strong growth throughout the 2017-2022 forecast period, achieving a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69.6%.
"Early market developments indicate adoption of AR/VR technologies on a worldwide basis will expand for a decade or longer. The innovators that serve a broad base of industries support dynamic end user needs through the growing options in hardware and software solutions. We believe services will play a more prominent role in enterprise investments as the market matures," said Marcus Torchia, research director, Customer Insights & Analysis.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly changing just about every aspect of how we live our lives, and our working lives certainly aren’t exempt from this.
Soon, even those of us who don’t happen to work for technology companies (although as every company moves towards becoming a tech company, that will be increasingly few of us) will find AI-enabled machines increasingly present as we go about our day-to-day activities.
From how we are recruited and on-boarded to how we go about on-the-job training, personal development and eventually passing on our skills and experience to those who follow in our footsteps, AI technology will play an increasingly prominent role.
Here’s an overview of some of the recent advances made in businesses
Manufacturers are promising to up-skill nearly 1.2 million workers, a major training commitment that comes as U.S. companies prepare to try to fill millions of open positions over the next decade amid a labor shortage.
The National Association of Manufacturers, which counts Caterpillar, Merck, Salesforce and Boeing as members, is poised to make the announcement during an event at the White House on Thursday.
“Manufacturers proudly make this pledge to the American worker: we will continue to invest in our workforce and provide 1,186,000 Americans with the opportunity to receive training and development that will enhance their skills and prepare them for the next step on their career journey,” said CEO Jay Timmons.
Today I want to share with you my story of why we started Vidoni in the first place...
Being a continued learner in my professional and personal life, I have always found current learning processes to be out-dated and time consuming. Not having the time or patience for traditional learning I reached out into my past for a learning experience that was highly successful.
I learned to play guitar in just 6 months by having a focused plan with an open minded guitar teacher that allowed me to have a highly visual instruction of guitar playing. That experience truly resonated with me as I explored visually better ways to learn using 3D visualization. After years of of applying visual tools for building design workflows and training I felt augmented reality had the greatest potential to change the way we learn.
We filed for a patent and we were off to the races! We then began by building a prototype for creating the first ever process that would record the hands of a expert like my guitar teacher or in the case of a business a manufacturing line expert. This hands-on training could be played back for instruction in AR. The student would visually see the teachers playing hand on the guitar neck or the manufacturing instructors hands in the work-space.
Vidoni™ creates a more visual learning experience that most people thrive in for faster learning. It also creates muscle memory. Learning retention goes through the roof when these processes are used.
When it was all said and done we soon realized there was something special here and Vidoni was born!!
- Ken D'Amato, Co-Founder and CEO
Putting It All Together: AI As The Next Major factor In Manufacturing
On the one hand, missing the AI wave in manufacturing could mean getting stranded. And for some, that will be a reality. Forbes Insights research reveals that more than half of respondents (56%) in the automotive and manufacturing sectors plan to increase artificial intelligence spending by less than 10%.
“If you’re stuck to the old way and don’t have the capacity to digitalize manufacturing processes, your costs are probably going to rise, your products are going to be late to market, and your ability to provide distinctive value-add to customers will decline,” says Stephen Ezell, an expert in global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Yet it’s not too late to adapt the manufacturing process, and the sector at large, to the changes already taking place. We’re clearly in the early stages of the sea change, and as a recent ITIF report concludes, “There remains a long way to go before this vision is fully realized.”
How To Find The Right Request-For-Proposal Company For You
I’m here to tell you, if you didn’t already know, virtual, augmented and mixed reality are the future. It may not be the future seen in Ready Player One, but it is the future nonetheless. My belief in the real-life application of virtual and augmented realities is why I co-founded an AR/MR company.
When we resolved to take our product to markets beyond the most cutting-edge firms, we immediately realized who was the biggest potential player and, up until then, the largest missed opportunity: the United States government. Yes, …read more
At the University of Cambridge a 3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano.
Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design. ….read more.
“Smart mechanical design enables us to achieve the maximum range of movement with minimal control costs: we wanted to see just how much movement we could get with mechanics alone.” - Josie Hughes