Immerse in Realistic 3D Training Environment
AEgis Technologies is working with Samsung Electronics America to showcase virtual reality (VR) training and simulation concepts for military training during I/ITSEC 2016 on booth #1700, providing several hands-on VR demonstrations, allowing participants to immerse themselves in a realistic 3D training environment featuring weapon systems with accurate tactile feedback, sounds and interactive system simulations. The demos provide a tangible experience utilising Samsung VR hardware and how this technology can be adapted into readily accessible, interoperable, deployable and, according to Aegis, affordable solutions for many operational, maintenance and procedural training requirements.
The Demo Area includes:
STINGER Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) Trainer: By leveraging technology from AEgis’ Improved Moving Target System (IMTS) – STINGER Missile trainer for the US Marine Corps (USMC), and utilising Samsung’s GearVR, powered by Oculus, the MANPADS trainer provides tactical STINGER proficiency at, “a fraction of the cost and time required by live training or other simulation methods, and substantially reduces the training system footprint,” according to AEgis.
First Person Shooter Trainer: Utilising COTS technologies, AEgis as the system integrator, demonstrates its Virtual Indoor Range Procedures training system. The trainer familiarises new shooters with the indoor range environment, provide basic target practice, and teach basic weapon safety by monitoring where the student points the muzzle of his weapon and signalling when the direction pointed becomes unsafe. Once the trainee becomes proficient with range safety procedures, they advance to a shoot/no-shoot situation that tests their ability to recognise and react to tactical situations.
360° VR – BLACKHAWK Cockpit Familiarisation: This Virtual 360 Degree interior view of an actual BLACKHAWK cockpit with active components provides a realistic spatial orientation of the aircraft cockpit environment. The VR presentation combines physical components of the cockpit with automation and technical manual information.
VISUAL-EYES App: VISUAL-EYES provides a VR experience using Samsung’s GearVR. In VR mode, the user can enter a virtual training garage and navigate 360 degrees around military vehicles, including the AH-64, F-15E, and M3A3. The augmented reality (AR) experience allows users to defend their position by firing at either a tank or an unmanned air system (UAV or drone). The app can be downloaded for free on either the App Store or Google Play.
The Serious Games display includes:
STARS App: AEgis supported the development of US Army Army Game Studio product, STARS Elements, which is a free mobile app that allows users to grasp the fundamental foundations of chemistry in a fun learning environment – and can be downloaded on Google Play.
US Army Combat ID App: As the People’s Choice winner at the 2012 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, this military training game provides effective alternative solutions to train the soldier by challenging players to embark on a series of missions and battlefield environments, correctly identify combat vehicles and then determine if they are friend or foe. By utilising the high-quality graphics across multiple mobile platforms, this game can train multiple numbers of soldiers in a shorter timeframe. Combat ID can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play.
ROC-V App: Combat ID for ROC-RSTA expands the Combat ID serious game app to include vehicle identification from an UAV perspective, human threat identification, common and non-common object detection, air-to-ground, and ground-to-ground identification of both human threats and vehicles and detailed analytics of user proficiencies in identification and detection scenarios.
For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #12/2016, available at the show on booth #2729; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.