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Broader Impacts

The use of VR enabled researchers to develop an application that constituted multiple interactions involving interacting with an environment in context and a user interface. This multimodal experience has the potential to impact the workplace of the future. Internet-enabled smart technologies such as VR help users understand complex tasks in the context of the environment in that they are performed. Furthermore, these environments can be viewed remotely without being present in person. Experiences like ScannerVR can be used to train the workforce of the future by providing an immersive experience while retaining the collaborative aspect of a workplace as the instructor and trainee view the same information. ScannerVR also has the potential to impact learning in locations where the availability of physical devices may be scarce due to financial or logistical constraints.