Extended Reality (XR)
Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term to describe virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies. XR is changing the way we interact with the world around us and will, undoubtedly, shape the future of work. In fact, companies are already using these immersive technologies to train staff, enhance collaboration, and market products and services.
As XR becomes more widespread, many people stand to benefit from using these systems in their everyday lives. In the workplace, XR can be a powerful tool for employers, employees, and job seekers. It has the potential to support mission-critical functions, increase productivity, and remove barriers to employment. Yet, if XR is not developed with inclusivity and accessibility at the forefront, people with disabilities may be left behind.
What is XR?
These technologies fall under the umbrella of XR:
- Virtual Reality (VR) places users is an entirely virtual environment, completely cut off from the real-world.
- Augmented Reality (AR) is a reality where virtual objects enhance a user’s true environment.
- Mixed Reality (MR) enables users to interact with virtual objects within a real-world environment.
Chike Aguh Keynote, 2021 XR Access Symposium
Chike Aguh, Chief Innovation Officer for the US Department of Labor, discusses the importance of XR and accessibility for America’s workforce.
How Employers & HR Professionals Can Prepare for Emerging Tech in the Workplace
In this webinar, PEAT’s Co-director, Bill Curtis-Davidson, interviews accessible technology experts to explore how employers and HR professionals can help plan for an accessible workplace of the future, including the procurement of accessible technologies and the potential accommodation needs of people with disabilities.
Did you know that your employees may already use extended reality (XR) tools for mental health support? Virtual, augmented and mixed reality (collectively known as XR) tools have many applications. Popular examples range from gaming to helping medical professionals train for complex procedures. However, as more experiences are created for XR technologies, mental health assessment and support are becoming more widely available. […]
Role-Related Resources Employee Trainer Are you an employee trainer looking for information on ways to make your training and the technologies you use more accessible and inclusive? Below are a few of PEAT’s most popular resources that will help. Explore Staff Training Resources Get detailed guidance on training employees across your organization on the role-specific accessibility knowledge they need. Learn How Employees Can Benefit from XR Discover how extended reality (XR) tools can enhance your training initiatives. Learn About Accessible AI Training & Development Implement AI training tools to help employees learn and practice skills they need to succeed on the job. Hear About Accessibility & Training Listen to a podcast episode on the challenges people with disabilities face around finding work, including technology concerns. More Resources Related to Employee Training [...]
Job Resources CTOs & IT Managers Are you a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or Information Technology (IT) Manager looking for ways to make the technology you procure and use more accessible? Below are a few of PEAT’s most popular resources that will help. Procure Accessible Technology Learn how to make sure the technology you procure is accessible. Learn About Accessible XR See PEAT's library of resources dedicated to virtual, augmented and mixed reality, collectively known as extended reality (XR). Learn About Accessibility Testing Listen to this podcast episode on the importance of accessibility testing in the technology procurement process. Learn the Language Get model procurement language for your information communication technologies (ICT).
The PEAT team presented at some exciting events during the month of March. If you attended and want a refresher or could not make it and would like to read what we shared, the slides are linked below. […]
Know What to Ask You should involve your organization’s procurement team before you bring any new XR hardware or software into your workplace. For example, if you want to buy a head-mounted display (HMD) with an embedded operating system, you should work with procurement to make sure this new technology is accessible. Ensuring the accessibility of XR technologies means understanding that the hardware and software work together. All hardware and software components must be accessible for the new technology to work for your employees. Your procurement team should use the following questions when they talk to vendors about the accessibility of any XR technologies you consider. Hardware & Input Devices Use the following questions as a guide before procuring an immersive platform. The answers to these questions will help show if the immersive platform hardware you are considering adequately addresses accessibility. The next part of this section covers questions regarding platform software/operating systems and settings. [...]
Visit our XR & Hybrid Work Toolkit to learn how you can ensure the XR technologies your workplace uses are accessible.
Gain in-depth insight into ways accessible extended reality (XR) technologies can enhance organizations and promote inclusion.
This brief overview is designed to help leadership understand the value of inclusive extended reality (XR) technologies in the workplace.