DAEJEON, Apr. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean researchers will use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to support job training and employment for the those with developmental disabilities.
According to the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute on Monday, the research team led by the Creative Contents Research Division has begun developing virtual vocational training content technologies for the disabled.
Based on individual cognitive, sensory, and behavioral characteristics of the disabled, the researchers plan to devise programs focusing on job training for caregivers, librarians and baristas.
The researchers will then establish a systematic education system to expand into various job areas.
Since different people with developmental disabilities have different cognitive abilities and preferred sensory capabilities, the researchers plan to automatically evaluate the job abilities of the disabled with AR and VR content and reflect the results in real-time experience content.
Researchers are positive that if the technology is developed properly, disabled people will be able to carry out the same job as if they were in a real situation.
Lee Gil-haeng, the assistant vice president of the division, reported that the content will help improve the quality of life for the disabled by providing them with chances for economic independence.
He also believes that the content can contribute not only to the reduction of social costs, but also to the increase of social participation.
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