From visualizing blueprints and construction schedules to training maintenance and emergency response crews, virtual and augmented reality are helping oil & gas giants to prepare their people for what awaits them in the real world.
While they both sit at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds, virtual and augmented reality headsets work in slightly different ways.
Smart Glasses: Oculus Rift vs. HoloLens
A virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift blocks out the actual physical world and completely immerses the wearer in a computer-generated 3D world. They can hold wireless controllers which also appear in the virtual environment and allow them to interact with virtual objects.