25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality

E-Learning Provocateur

A couple of years ago I started up Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week to promote real-world applications of virtual reality.

The inaugural #VRwolweek unearthed 20 real-world examples of the emerging technology, and the enduring popularity of that blog post tells me that we are hungry for more.

Loath to disappoint, I hereby present 25 more real-world examples of virtual reality, drawn from this year’s and last year’s events. I thank everyone who contributed to the following list.

A virtual hand grabbing a virtual drumstick.

  • Kicking off with the Colonel, it would be remiss of me to omit KFC’s virtual escape room The Hard Way. Widely criticised for its evil genius paradigm, I urge us to appreciate the game’s otherwise authenticity. If used as a primer for training in real life, then it’s an engaging example of setting up an employee for success.

  • Anchor Construction uses virtual reality to train its construction workers, while UPS…

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Amazon Tap – Day 3

Turns out Alexa has a quirky personality.

When I greeted her this morning, she proceeded to advise me that it was World Animal Day, that she is interested in seahorses and imagines little cowboys riding seahorses across the oceans.

I found an image for that.




Amazon Tap – Day 2

It turns out I was easily able to download the Alexa app on my Kindle.

I can now ask Alexa the time, the weather and to play music from my spotify account.

So far, I am amused but I guess I need to add some other features for its best use.

Our heating and cooling controls at home is basically on and off. I have been chatting about a Nest Thermostat for quite some time, so maybe I need to bite the bullet and purchase one.



Amazon Tap – an Oz based intro

I am ready to start the journey into voice assistance and home activation so a colleague went to the US and has come home with an Amazon Tap. It should be easy to set up…


Of course, we are in Australia, so a workaround is required. Getting the app to load on my phone will be my first challenge. I’ll need not to be located in Australia for a short period.

I’ll up date you on the next steps in this home automation journey tomorrow.


How to think like a futurist: Recommended readings

Love to learn more, need to make time to take this on. Thanks Jane

you found me.

Download the syllabus for Stanford Continuing Studies Course “How to Think Like a Futurist”: how-to-think-like-a-futurist-stanford-cs-jane-mcgonigal

Week one: Creativity

General reading/viewing

The 2080 Census: The World as we Don’t Know It

Look back twice as far as you want to look forward: the Census throughout history

Scientific papers

A taxonomy of prospection

  • the four modes of future thinking: simulation, prediction, intention, and planning (a cognitive science/neuroscience perspective)

Fit between future thinking and future orientation on creative imagination

  • increasing the temporal distance of future thinking facilitates creative thinking
  • Additionally, one’s creative imagination can be improved when thinking timescales and future orientation are aligned

Self-projection and the brain (3 core processes are the same)

Counterfactual thinking: an FMRI study on changing the past for a better future

Remembering what could have happened: Neural correlates of episodic counterfactual thinking

Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: Intersections between memory and decisions

Neural activity associated…

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Which KM system would you recommend?

Was asked this again today by a colleague from a previous organisation I worked in.

They were creating some content and suggested to themselves that they really needed a KM tool!

#sputter #cough #someswearing

I reminded that person of one of many existing tools that could be easily utilised to store this content on,  that it’s all about the content, and the trust placed in that content.

So here’s one strategy for implementing KM in your organisation. In fact this strategy could be also be used in change programs, organisational development programs and projects as well.

Focus on

  1. People – what do they need to do their job?
  2. Process – What tasks / business goals do they undertake to complete their jobs successfully?
  3. Technology – what tools or systems are used to complete these tasks and where are the processes stored?


People are your greatest asset


Got that off my chest 🙂




Learning emotional intelligence (EQ)

Rebecca Jackson

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is more than just a buzzword, but is one of those terms that has fallen victim to the corporate jargon label. I attended a great presentation last week ‘Grow your influence with Emotional Intelligence’ which covered a framework for developing emotional literacy. Yes, you can build your EQ… it’s not something you have or don’t have.

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