Inspired by our user research at the BRK training facilities we came up with a possible solution for more realistic emergency simulations.
Having defined and rethought our idea last week we now concretized the concept by creating a video prototype.
To emphasize the benefits of A.R.E.S. (abbr. Augmented Reality Emergency Simulator) we decided to compare old fashioned education methods with our innovative simulation tool.
It allows the user to train emergencies within a virtual environment.
The trainee is provided with physical artifacts to interact with; and a pair of glasses to display the virtual setting.
What are the benefits?
- more realistic training exercises
- less expensive than outdoor training
- easy access
- trigger events during simulation from outside
Potential for the future?
Although an implementation is technically possible already, we put our faith in the rapid advance in technoligy.
We assume that within the next few years A.R.E.S. could be implemented creating an even more realistic result.
After the previous week’s user research we deduced that there was need for a realistic emergency simulator. Existing methods do not provide realistic environments or are too expensive in both cost and effort to be carried out regularly.
Therefore we propose: A.R.E.S. – an Augmented Reality Emergency Simulator
It consists of a combination of physical equipment like exercise-dolls and a virtual environment. The user is provided with a pair of glasses that creates an augmented reality setting which the user can interact with. The room itself is equipped with a surround sound system that enhances the immersion.
Audience members can follow the actions of the trainee via two screens in the lecture hall. One shows the blank room with the trainee and doll, the other one displays the augmented setting. In addition the instructor is able to intervene and modify the current setting by triggering new actions.
Coming up: Prototyping.
We decided to pick emergency medical service as our user research group. After visiting the BRK operation center in Munich City and meeting two of the supervisors we chose to focus on the training sector.
Therefore we managed to convince several employees in different positions -like instructor, trainee and active members- to take part in our interviews.
On Monday we met a trainee at BRK, and her supervisor. They gave us an insight of the general training process as well as operation experiences and its difficulties.
Afterwards we were allowed to see one of the lecture rooms and a RTW-simulator.
This room was surprisingly well equipped with high-tech training facilities.
Because our first two interviews were amazingly informative, we were able to refine our interview content.
Unfortunately another two trainees canceled our interviews in the last minute, but agreed to answer our questions in written form.
The next few days our data analysis will follow.