Military follows commercial lead in immersive tech

Artificial settings with avatars useful for team leader engagement, negotiations and after-action reviews

The strained budget environment has compelled the Army to make a concerted effort to develop and deploy immersive technologies to serve soldiers’ continual need for dismounted and irregular warfare training, reports Defense News.

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The efforts will likely focus on creating a future integrated training environment that includes "intelligent holograms and avatars for team leader engagement and for interrogations,” and “a virtual collaborative environment in which to conduct after-action reviews,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Army’s chief of staff and former commander of the Army’s Training and Doctorate Command.

A number of commercial and defense companies are poised to help customers deploy avatars when they don't have the time and money to engineer custom avatars. 

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