Tech Talk (July 2021)

Find out about the latest advances in training technology.

  • Avatar Dimension’s mixed reality 4,000-square-foot volumetric capture studio opened its doors in the Washington, D.C., area as the only certified Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studio on the East Coast, and just one of seven in the world (take a tour at: tour.avatar-dimension.com). The high-tech studio is driving the creation of photorealistic human holograms placed into immersive environments to deliver realistic virtual experiences that can train, entertain, and educate globally. Content captures use Microsoft’s and rendering pipeline, along with 70 12-megapixel Volucam cameras from IO Industries. The cameras simultaneously capture the action and then video files are merged to create 3-D holograms. Stage operations are also mobile so volumetric capture sessions can take place from nearly any location or event in the U.S. Avatar Dimension consists of a collaboration between Avatar Studios of St. Louis; Dimension Studio of the UK; and Sabey Data Centers of Seattle, with its premier studio based in Ashburn, VA.
  • MassiveU, a digital learning and assessment solutions company, launched Solvably TALENT, a platform for corporate talent management that drives behavioral change in the workplace via digital, collaborative experiences.Employees and/or candidates work in teams to solve business-relevant challenges while learning, developing, and tracking workforce competencies. An initial content library contains more than 90 on-demand challenges across eight Centers of Excellence (Leadership, Data Literacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Well-Being, Compliance, Ethics, and Sales). Custom challenges can be edited or created using Solvably TALENT’s DesignLab authoring tool. Behavioral stats measure time on platform, engagement, and competencies, as well as longitudinal efficacy over time, with an ePortfolio representing evidence. Solvably TALENT is available currently through third-party assessment, training, recruitment, and talent management solutions companies, as well as direct via http://talent.solvably.com.
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.