SA Police receive VR firearms training simulator system

SA Police receive VR firearms training simulator system

Image: VirTra A new virtual reality (VR) firearms training simulator system is up and running at the South Australian Police Academy. The new system is the first upgrade of the SA Police firearms training simulator in more than 10 years. Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams said the 300-degree simulator system at the Taperoo-based academy will provide improved firearms training to officers. Developed by Tempe, Arizona-based Virtra, the simulator provides 3D audio and special effects to hone the judgement, decision-making, and tactics of police officers via a simulated live fire range. "The Virtra virtual reality simulator firearms and Tactical Option Simulator […]

Using Experiential Design to Expand VR Presence Theory

Using Experiential Design to Expand VR Presence Theory

Dustin Chertoff has pulled experiential design insights from the advertising world to come up with a more holistic theory of Presence in virtual reality. In 2008, he was in graduate school and was dissatisfied with the major theories of VR Presence. His gaming experience showed him how much of his feeling of immersion was related to the content of the game. He wrote an essay published in the journal Presence where he laid out what he saw were the two major limitations of VR Presence theory at that time. LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF VR PODCAST “First, many models […]

SA Police step into simulator for firearms training

SA Police step into simulator for firearms training

SA Police cadets and Special Task And Rescue (STAR) officers are going high-tech using virtual reality technology for firearms training. The technology worth $480,000 surrounds police officers with a 300-degree screen that plays out real-life situations such as a domestic violence or drug-related incidents. Much like a video game, officers use simulated tasers or firearms that, when fired at the screen, mimic injuring or killing a target. Deputy Police Commissioner Linda Williams said the technology allowed officers to practise communicating with violent people or, if a situation escalated, use prepper spray or ultimately a firearm. Deputy Commissioner Williams hoped […]

Smartphone-Centric Enhanced Headsets Key to Mass VR Adoption in India

Smartphone-Centric Enhanced Headsets Key to Mass VR Adoption in India

The year gone by was touted as that of Virtual Reality (VR). In reality, with just $2.7 billion in revenue in 2016, it is yet to take off as consumer VR content still lacks the ability to ensure huge adoption globally, including in India. When it comes to India, where the number of smartphone users is growing exponentially, mobile VR is definitely the future for the mass adoption of this immersive experience. The promise of growth, however, comes with riders. Since VR is a highly individual experience where users are drawn into a virtual world — cut off from […]

Stoke City To Begin Training Goalkeepers Using Virtual Reality

Stoke City To Begin Training Goalkeepers Using Virtual Reality

English Premier League team Stoke City announced that its goalkeepers will now be trained using virtual reality. The club is partnering with Dutch company Beyond Sports and will also use the company’s VR technology to analyze match performances. The company offers two different options for it VR training service, with a “plug and play” providing ready-made training scenarios for players, while a custom option enables clubs to tailor-made scenarios based off their own data. This training focuses on four key areas including on-field spatial awareness, decision-making, high pressure in-game scenarios and a high frequency of scenarios packed into a […]

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