Vidoni is an augmented reality (AR) software company developing an AR training platform to provide enterprises with the ability to offer hands-on training to employees in a more efficient manner. The company has developed technology that uses AR headset pulsed laser technology to map hand movements, enabling users to create custom AR learning content for use by employees remotely via AR headsets. The company hopes to make employees more retentive in training by providing immersive training content that maps onto real-world environments, such as manufacturing plants and construction sites.
In the U.S., middle-skill jobs, which consist of skills involving education beyond high school but not necessarily a four-year college degree, are experiencing a shortage of qualified applicants. According the National Skills Coalition, 53% of total jobs in the U.S. require middle-skills, but only 43% of workers are trained to a middle-skill level. Further, middle-skill jobs including trade occupations such as electricians, welders, and mechanics, were cited as the most in-demand roles by employers surveyed by staffing solutions firm ManpowerGroup. In order to combat vacancies, 54% of respondents in the same survey stated that they planned to provide additional training and development.
However, increased training could prove costly to businesses. On average, companies spent $986 and 46.7 hours on training per learner in 2018. In an effort to increase the required knowledge of its workforce while curbing the associated costs, businesses may seek alternatives to the traditional methods of training.
Vidoni is creating a mixed reality training platform that utilizes patent-pending hand motion capture technology to develop augmented reality (AR) training instruction. Using the company’s AR training solution, learners can receive hands-on instruction without the need for a physical instructor. Virtual instructors can provide individuals with remote, detailed instructional training for higher retention.
To begin generating training content, Vidoni uses its hand motion capture technology to track the movements of an instructor, such as the movement of hands playing a piano or tuning a tractor engine. Currently, Vidoni plans to travel to a client’s location to record the movements but anticipates to eventually enable anyone to record their movements through the use of any 2D camera - most likely the camera in the AR headset. The company does so by leveraging light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology to accurately record motions. Once the initial hand motions are captured, the company allows instructors to add additional content, such as graphics, titles, or supplementary instructions to provide more detailed explanation to potential learners. Once the training content is developed, a user can access it by downloading it from the platform and displaying the information through an AR headset to begin receiving instructions on how to complete a task or lesson. To enable the training content to overlay onto real-life environments, the company uses machine learning algorithms to identify objects and surfaces in the real world, referencing them to the content created on the platform. For example, an individual interested in receiving a guitar lesson can follow the pre-recorded finger movements of an instructor by looking at his or her own guitar with the use of an AR headset. Alternatively, the platform could hypothetically be used by manufacturing, fabrication, construction or a maintenance company to provide employees with training on how to assemble and in the case of maintenance repair commercial appliances or equipment. In the future, the company also hopes to utilize its technology to enable doctors and nurses to learn new surgical procedures and preparation. Pilot cockpit instruction will be addressed at the appropriate time as well.
Vidoni plans to allow users the ability to download and upload original content through its SaaS platform, much like video streaming services such as YouTube. The company hopes that in doing so, it can create a user-generated database of tutorials and learning exercises in which enterprises, educators, and individuals will have access to a library of virtual learning experiences through the SaaS platform. The company plans to make its platform compatible with Microsoft, Third-Eye, and Magic Leap AR headset devices. The platform will also feature the ability to view instructional content at varying speeds, enabling users to process instructions at comfortable rates to foster muscle memory and added retention. Users will also have the ability to pause or rewind instructions for added capability.
Key to our philosophy we hope to achieve a fundamental principle of the fostering most helpful attention of our users time, grounded in a realistic account of the mind & learning with a critical gaze at modern skills acquisition.
Vidoni is run by Ken D'Amato, CEO; Marc Van Valen, COO; and, Tim Fleming, CTO.