Virtual Reality: Its Potential Impact on Embedded Training
Virtual Reality (VR) denotes a multi-sensory realtime simulation that immerses the user in 3d graphical space, allows freedom of movement within the space, and supports complex interactions including the modification of most features of the space itself.
Embedded Training (ET) involves the integration of training capabilities into operational devices. As such, ET seems to invoke the opposite spirit than VR. In ET, as little as possible is simulated; the actual device and its environment (e. g. the associated vehicle) are used. However, there are cases in which the experience of VR could meld very nicely with embedded training.
Consider the problem of integrating SIMNET-style networked simulations with real armor exercises. It has been suggested that tank commanders operating open-hatch or POP-hatch in field exercises could pick up a pair of special binoculars to see the virtual (simulated) components of the battlefield. Alternatively, the entire vehicle could wear display devices over its viewing blocks and gunsights, which would provide a mixture of real scenery and superimposed images of virtual participants.
KeywordsVirtual Reality Virtual Environment Virtual World Force Feedback Virtual Reality System
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