7 October 2019

New: Immersive 3D and VR Training and Learning White Paper


An updated 2019 edition of our Immersive Environments for Training, Education and Learning White Paper has just been released, describing how immersive 3D and Virtual Reality can be used to train and educate. The 28 page paper presents some of the academic models which we use to help support the design process, considers some of the key design decisions, identifies the benefits of 3D/VR over physical training and eLearning (whilst accepting that a blended approach is probably the goal), and describes a variety of uses cases by Daden and others to show how immersive training can be used and its efficacy.

You can download a copy FOR FREE (and no sign-up required) at https://www.daden.co.uk/resources - just scroll down to the White Papers section.

BTW - the first version of this paper came out in 2014!




World Space Day at Worcester



We spent Saturday down at the Hive in Worcester for the second year exhibiting at the World Space Day event - apparently the biggest free one in the UK.

We had two Oculus Quests (plus a spare) and managed to screencast from one to a monitor, but the wifi was too ropey to get multi-user working. We had two experiences: standing and exploring on Io whilst looking at Jupiter, and standing and exploring on Phobos whilst looking at Mars.



Both headsets were active non-stop from 10am to 4pm, we didn't even get lunch and had people coming round again for a 2nd go by the end. Lots of great comments from people about how much they enjoyed the experience, and lots of parents taking photos and videos as their kids explored VR and got excited by space.



And it just so happened that the only other people there with a VR headset were RAF Fylingdales, or trials partner on an MOD project!




1 October 2019

Daden on UK Government DOS



Daden has been accepted onto the UK Government's Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework (DOS). This means that we can bid for outcome based solutions from the UK public sector through the Government's Digital Marketpace.

So if you are a public sector provider and need help with chatbots, conversational AI, immersive training and visualisation or Virtual Reality you can now post your requirements out through DOS for us to respond to!

And remember that both Trainingscapes and Discourse are already on the Digital Marketplace if you need a ready-made cloud-based solution at: https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/search?q=daden&lot=cloud-software


AI Survey



In our MD's book on Virtual Humans there is an "AI Landscape" diagram, first shown on this blog, mapping a variety of systems against how "sophisticated" they are, and how "human" they seem.


We plotted a variety of real and imagined computer systems, robots and AI on the diagram, but that was just our assessment (and deliberately not shown above!).

Now we're giving YOU a chance to tell us where you think these systems should be on the chart, as well as how much they reflect your idea of what AI is, and what elements are important in a virtual human.

Just fill out the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W6XM537

AND there's a chance to win a copy of the book if you leave us your email at the end of the survey.

The survey is open until 30th November, and we'll be publishing results here in Jan 2020.

We look forward to hearing your views.

23 September 2019

We're on the Midland's Innovation 50 Index!




We're pleased to announce that we've been listed on the Innovation 50 - a report ranking 50 of the Midlands’ most innovative businesses. The report has been published today by Midlands law firm Mills & Reeve as part of its biennial “Innovation 50” – a campaign that celebrates the region’s R&D royalty, industry groundbreakers and rising stars.

The report, compiled by Mills & Reeve, highlights innovative success stories from across the region and features 50 businesses across five categories: Business intelligence and performance; Communication; Development and inclusivity; Healthier, safer lives and Place and environment.

 The panel judged entrants on both their originality and impact, with the 50 highest-scoring businesses securing their place in the report. 

Steve Allen, Head of the Birmingham office at Mills & Reeve, said:

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do at Mills & Reeve. From pushing boundaries in our own products and services – earning us a place in the 2019 FT Innovative Lawyers Top 50 and wins at the Legal Week Innovation Awards – to celebrating those that are making waves in their markets, we’re on a mission to encourage and recognise forward-thinking business activity that solves problems. 

“We launched the Innovation 50 in 2017 to celebrate Midlands businesses at their most enterprising, confident and creative. Two years on, and the buzz around the region has only grown – with the quality of 2019 entries showing that we more than live up to our national reputation. From social enterprise to telecoms and business support to agritech, the 2019 Innovation 50 is leading the way with fresh ideas and standout execution. We’re proud to launch the latest report, and look forward to seeing the journeys that these businesses take in the coming years.”

Daden submitted both our work on immersive 3D and virtual reality training with Trainingscapes, and our work around virtual life coaches and mentors.

You can see who else is in the Innovation 50 by downloading the report from file:///Z:/marketing/!Corporate/PR&Media/2019/Innovation50/Mills&Reeve-Innovation50-2019reportFFV.pdf




New Infographic on VR vs Physical Learning and eLearning



Here's a new infographic from us about why you should use immersive 3D and virtual reality in comparison to physical training or conventional eLearning. Of course the bottom line is that all forms are valid - but you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of each in order to develop an appropriate blended training and education programme.

Download as PDF.



16 September 2019

New Trainingscapes Video






View on YouTube.

We've got a new video out to explain the problems with current training methods and how immersive 3D and virtual reality training, and of course Trainingscapes, can help address them as part of a blended training solution.

If you'd like a demo of Trainingscapes just get in touch by email to demo@daden.co.uk.