Skip to comments.Avatars Invade Military Training Systems
Posted on 02/26/2012 11:12:00 PM PST by U-238
A lot of virtual training happens in video game-like environments, where soldiers see combat through the eyes of a superhero character.
But if the Army is going to train its troops through gaming, officials say the characters in the virtual world should perform more like actual soldiers.
That is one part of the reasoning behind a new idea the Army has to create avatars for every soldier. These digital representations would accompany service members throughout their training and allow them to see, through simulation, how their skills, or lack thereof, would play in life and death situations.
The influence of video games on military training has been substantial, and the militarys interest in avatars for soldiers and other actors in simulations is growing. It was evident in the many products on display at the worlds largest military training and simulation conference in Orlando in the graphics, the props and the apparent ease with which younger soldiers adapt to a virtual setting. And at the entrance to the showroom floor, greeting attendees to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, was an avatar.
A pixilated character named Information Jason bantered with service members and industry executives. It engaged in small talk and told them jokes. The avatar was performing the motions and speaking the words of a man behind a curtain several yards away. It was the creation of Organic Motion, a company that also supplied technology for a Lockheed Martin Corp. system demonstrated at the conference.
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