HyperTunnel enables field technicians to summon an expert for side-by-side guidance and supervision through a shared virtual environment providing a real-time avatar to mimic operations on a virtual workspace.
The deployment of Hypertunnel is expected to accrue numerous benefits to industry, the U.S. economy, and society as a whole. With respect to industry, there are a variety of commercial sectors and customers that will benefit from use of Hypertunnel, including electrical utility companies, oil & gas extraction equipment end-users (e.g. off-shore oil rigs), medical practitioners (e.g. teleport expert to a remote operating room), as well as any industry with significant capital infrastructure (e.g. manufacturing, telecommunications). These industries will benefit from repairs and upgrades being more effectively executed, fewer errors and equipment malfunctions, and less equipment down time resulting from field technician mistakes.
Hypertunnel will enable cost savings from leveraging experienced personnel who will oversee multiple sites from one central location; more cost-effective training execution as co-location is not required—saving travel expenses and opportunity costs; and risk reduction in the execution of tasks and savings in insurance policies. In addition, there is potential for reduction in risk related to injuries on the job, which would reduce the instance of work-related disability.
We offer a multi-user system that allows two users, located at distant locations, to collaborate with each other using immersive Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) interfaces. We provide a VR environment for an expert/supervisor user at the central location. We also provide an AR interface for a novice/technician user at the remote location. In addition, the remote user can be immersed in a VR environment (instead of the AR environment) to support fully immersive simulated training, as separate option to supporting actual field work.