Enduvo has been awarded a $1.2-million contract from the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II program. This contract follows Enduvo’s SBIR Phase I win in November 2018. The SBIR Phase II contract will be used to accelerate the development and deployment of Enduvo’s augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) platform, which is designed for training technical, industrial and healthcare organizations. The Air Force will use the platform to bolster mission readiness by creating and delivering consistent and cost-effective immersive training across many different skill levels, job classifications, and geographies.
“The high cost of training Air Force warfighters, medical and maintenance personnel is well documented. Yet, despite these investments, failure rates at both novice levels and revalidation levels indicate that knowledge transfer and skill acquisition are not optimized for today’s learner, nor are they consistent across Air Force units,” said Steve Garrou, CEO. “Enduvo adapts content for different skill levels and learner competency by an average of 80 percent. We do this by allowing any trainer, or expert, to create and share lessons. Learners can download lessons at their convenience, regardless of their geographic location.”
According to Christian Bond, MSgt, U.S. Air Force, "Consistency is one of the most difficult attributes to manage in a training environment. The initial time a student interacts with new knowledge is critical to how they digest and retain it. A mixed reality (MR) classroom environment allows all students to have a personal and consistent interactive presentation of the knowledge we need them to retain. From our research, Enduvo provides the most intuitive, broadest-reaching MR platform with the highest possible return on investment we could have hoped for."
Historically, the cost to develop a VR experience kept this technology out of reach for most. Development costs can exceed $10,000 per minute of content and can ultimately reach upwards of $200,000 for a typical experience. Enduvo reduces content development expenses by enabling subject matter experts to create VR content without coding skills or hiring outside designers. With Enduvo, organizations pay for an annual license to build as much content as they desire. According to Garrou, “A typical customer reduces their training costs by 60 percent and decreases their content delivery time by 70 percent versus traditional learning methods.”