Quantadyn showcased its new QFires mixed reality joint fires trainer (MRJ) at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November. Leveraging Quantadyn's existing accredited software and technology in the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System (JTC TRS), it provides fully functional immersed Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training.
The student station is contained in a 10 ft vaulted green room and consists of an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) providing a 360° field of view virtual environment and surround sound. The HMD has a front-facing pass-through camera, the ZED Mini from Stereolabs, which enables the user to see and use real objects within the green room. This allows the trainee to take notes, read maps, and use devices such as binoculars and laser rangefinders (LRFs).
Quantadyn has developed devices that, when held up to the HMD, perform in the same way as the real equipment. For example, looking through the emulated binoculars provides a magnified view of the virtual environment, and emulated LRFs can be used like the real thing, providing the range, bearing, and azimuth of an identified target. Night vision goggles can also be emulated.
A Quantadyn representative told Jane's the major advantage over a purely virtual environment is that "JTACs are constantly having to look at maps and write stuff down, which you can't do in a virtual environment without taking off the headset. The mixed environment enables you to do this and to physically use the emulated devices."
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