Mixed reality is an immersive technology that continues to make new advancements, opening doors to new enterprise and commercial applications. This technology creates an enhanced, realistic environment where users can interact with both real-world and computer-generated objects.

Its “wow factor” lies in more than its futuristic traits, though. Mixed reality introduces advanced capabilities that can directly impact how companies develop their products, train their employees, and market their products or services, making each application more effective overall. Enterprise training represents one key avenue in which mixed reality has had clear results.

What does it look like to incorporate mixed reality into enterprise training solutions? Essentially, a mixed reality training solution enables organizations to turn courseware into virtual simulations, but instead of viewing a virtual scenario or responding within the virtual environment, learners can engage with both virtual simulations and physical objects in a combined experience. In this way, they actively engage with the content they’re learning.

There are a few advantages of this training technique. First, it alleviates the high costs of training by enabling learners to run through training scenarios in mixed reality instead of on expensive equipment. This approach reduces the risk of damage to equipment and enables learners to repeat their training without using the equipment, improving knowledge retention and decreasing the number of mistakes they make after training.

Using mixed reality in training doesn’t just alleviate the risk of damage to that equipment; it also creates a safer environment for trainees to learn critical and emergency responses. For instance, in the airline industry, flight crews need to learn how to react in a number of emergency situations; however, it isn’t practical or safe, to train them on the spot during an emergency. Mixed reality introduces learners to a spatial awareness system, engaging them in a real-world, responsive environment with compelling interactions that enable them to learn and practice realistically but safely.

In addition to improving learner safety during training, the engaging, interactive learning environment that mixed reality creates has additional benefits. As the 70-20-10 model suggests, employees learn about 70% of what they need to know while on the job. Using mixed reality, companies can improve the effectiveness of such training, boosting learning retention and decreasing the number of on-the-job errors that occur post-training.

Pushing its training applications a step further, organizations can use mixed reality during repair and assembly, providing employees in manufacturing facilities access to features like hands-free, interactive, instructional 3D diagrams while they assemble products or make repairs or installations. Boeing, which uses augmented reality in its factories, has reported a 40% increase in productivity thanks to the technology.

Mixed reality also offers remote training capabilities, enabling workers from different locations to connect to learn new assembly procedures. This immersive environment enables them to interact with each other as well as with the courseware.

Embracing mixed reality can help workplaces become both more efficient and more effective, leveraging advances in technology to transform, optimize and forge ahead, redefining the boundaries of their industries in the process.