If you thought Augmented Reality (AR) is only used in games like Counter Strike, Pokemon Go or Jurassic World, then think again. According to a recent report, AR is being used by the British military to train its soldiers who have to go out into a real battlefield to fight the enemy.
A recent report by BBC showed how the British military is putting to use SimCentric's virtual reality system Saf-Tac and combining it with the Oculus Rift S headset and the Unreal Engine software to create training simulations for its soldiers. At first, it might seem that the soldiers are just playing Call of Duty or some combat game in virtual reality. But it is serious business. BBC reports that the software allows the creation of 3D virtual worlds using ready-made parts. The simulation uses Epic Games’ Unreal Engine graphics that resemble the shooter games that run on the same software.
BBC reports that this technology allows SimCentric to instantly develop specific training scenarios to whatever exercises the military wants to run. The rapid creation of scenarios for military exercises gives soldiers the closest possible training to reality. The software also comes with in-game physics which makes the bullets shot by the soldier’s fly right way.
However, British military is not the only one taking the help of virtual reality to train its soldiers. According to a 2019 report of Futurism, the US military constructed a huge virtual reality platform to help train its infantry soldiers in realistic battlefields filled with millions of artificial intelligence agents. In another report, it was mentioned how the US military could create a Synthetic Training Environment (STE) back in April 2019. Futurism reported how the US Army published a whitepaper describing its ability to simulate real cities in the US and North Korea.
With the help of Virtual Reality platform, militaries can simulate any place on Earth that their army might someday battle at and prepare them for the area’s terrain before they actually reach the place.