Barn Life

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Barn Life

WITH 4dBarn

We have a state-of-the-art virtual barn tool. How might it be gamified to amplify its educational effect?

New Technology

Background

The emergence of robotics has revolutionized work also at dairy farms. However, the barns at dairy farms are not fully robot operated facilities. They are working sites, where delicate design of premises and functionalities create optimal flow and enjoyment for the daily work, just like at a kitchen or hospital’s operation room.

We have background in barn design & consultation dating back for a few decades and our specialization in workflow optimization has made hundreds of barns more enjoyable to work in. We have recently developed a virtual barn tool, where the designed barns can be experienced in 3D, first-hand by the customer. It has generated plenty of interest via initial demos and we want to explore now, could it be used for new type of learning in a traditional field?

Challenge

Kids are masters of learning by playing and similar ways have nowadays been used for any type of learning. Therefore, how could our virtual barn environment be gamified to boost learning motivation and impact? If the gamification can be done spot-on, it opens intriguing opportunities for dairy farmers, such as simple onboarding of new employees at the farm.

As an old Finnish proverb says: “There’s two types of games: fun and educational ones and then there’s learning games”, how might we create immersive experience without the feeling of boring, mandatory teaching? What if we introduced some extended reality to the mix, could that be a key feature of the learning of tomorrow? Which might be some suitable monetization models to be utilized together with our virtual barn?

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