Communication is not always correctly understood, and if this relates to a heavy-industry workplace there can be significant safety and productivity implications. SeePilot is a VR software solution that enables organisations to create their own (in-house) virtual ‘workspaces’ for clear communication - improving safety and productivity. SeePilot improves efficiency in hazardous, dynamic, and/or remote locations by making communication spatial (360-degree). By utilising advancements in 360-degree cameras and VR technology, it is possible to intuitively communicate with someone whilst viewing a workspace, without having to be in the same workplace or communicate at the same time. SeePilot is an interactive tool where users record voice memos and draw to point out features whilst viewing the 360-degree footage. These pieces of information (scenes) can be linked together and integrated with other forms of information (eg 3D photogrammetry models) to construct a SeePilot workspace.
This SeePilot workspace can be viewed through VR headsets, tablets/mobile and/or a web interface. These images/videos/models immerse the user at different locations around a worksite, for inductions, training, and workplace communication. SeePilot enables the viewer to use an interaction device (eg a VR hand controller or tablet stylus) to select elements of the scene to change location, playback pieces of information and record their own annotations. This interaction improves user attention and information retention ensuring complete communication. Through this interaction there is also the capability to record user details (eg employee ID), where they went in the experience, where they looked, and their annotations.