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“You’re fired!” Meet Barry – the VR character you can fire again and again

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 28, 2019 18:44

“You’re fired!” Meet Barry – the VR character you can fire again and again

If you think you’re having a bad day, wait until you meet ‘Barry’. Barry is a virtual human whose sole purpose is to be fired over and over again but in Virtual Reality (VR).The brainchild of Los Angeles-based Talespin, a VR firm which specializes in creating training programs using VR and Augmented Reality, Barry was developed as a workforce training tool to help management and other employees deal with difficult situations, such as, but not limited to, firings.Talespin’s CEO and Co-Founder Kyle Jackson said making sure Barry’s interactions and responses were “natural” was key to making the technology effective.During a recent demonstration of the software at Talespin’s Los Angeles headquarters, Barry, who is a 57-year-old sales supervisor with troubling workplace conduct, was fired multiple times in different ways, with each method provoking different responses from the virtual human.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 28, 2019 18:44

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