Virtual reality training clinic for DIY home improvement skills

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The Holoroom How To clinic by home improvement retailer Lowes uses immersive virtual reality to help customers learn essential, practical building and decorating skills. Launching in three North American stores (one in Massachusetts and two in Canada), the simulated training clinic provides step-by-step instructions for each project, including which materials to buy. The headset and hand controls use haptic feedback to provide better understanding of the physicality of a project, such as feeling the vibrations from drilling. Feedback shows that learning by doing, even virtually, increases future recall, and initial results appear to have significantly boosted customer confidence in completing…

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