The online trade, also known as e-commerce, is becoming increasingly important. In Germany alone, e-commerce generated sales worth around 99.1 billion euros in 2021. Worldwide turnover is a whopping 2.06 trillion euros.
A very long logistical chain has to be worked through before goods ordered from the manufacturer reach the end customer via the online retailer. In the standard, this consists of procurement logistics or inbound logistics for the delivery and procurement of the required goods, intralogistics and production logistics for the internal transport, handling and storage processes, and outbound logistics for the actual sale of the goods.
Realistic Training – In Virtual Reality
With its core competence in all aspects of logistics, the BIBA GamingLab has developed software in the form of a serious game with a focus on intralogistics, which is intended to help train future warehouse logistics specialists.
The Serious Game is called VRhouse and is a Virtual Reality (VR) game. It guarantees the player a highly immersive gaming experience by allowing the player to enter a completely virtual world. Every physical movement of the hands and head is transferred directly into the game through the VR technology, which allows the player to interact with the virtual objects that do not physically exist.
The core of the game is getting to know and trying out individual supporting technologies for order picking. The player can currently try out the pick-by-light, pick-by-vision and pick-by-voice technologies. The times required for the individual processes are tracked and evaluated, allowing the players to measure and compare their skills
Who is the Serious Game VRhouse Intended For?
The serious game VRhouse was developed as part of the DigiLab4U project and is primarily aimed at teaching at vocational training centers, schools and universities. Since VRhouse is an open source game, anyone who is interested can use it. Of course, the prerequisite is the required powerful hardware equipment, such as a computer with a powerful graphics card and virtual reality glasses.
What can I do in VRhouse?
A tutorial is available to the player at the beginning of the game to learn the VR controls. In this, the player goes through a virtual course and receives direct instructions for controlling the individual actions.
After the player has familiarized himself with the controls, he can choose between three different levels. Each level represents one of the picking assistance technologies: pick-by-light, pick-by-vision and pick-by-voice. The player takes on the role of the order picker.
Each level starts at the terminal, where you can find the required virtual hardware and the task description. Regardless of the level or the assistance system, the player carries the picking trolley with them. There are industrial boxes on the picking trolley. Under the instructions of the assistance systems, the player must find goods in the warehouse and place the specified number of them in the industry boxes provided.