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Virtual Training Prepares Troops for Battle

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 10:47am

It's a slightly unsettling scene: A man, dressed in camouflage, aiming a machine gun while prowling around an office conference room.

The fact that the camouflage is rigged with wires, and connected to a computer in the soldier's backpack gives this one away: It's a scene taking place inside the offices of Quantum 3D, a Silicon Valley Company training soldiers the virtual way.

The company is sending the soldiers training to a virtual Afghanistan. The soldiers who train wear the gear, along with 3D glasses equipped with screens. These men and women are 100% immersed in the battlefield, while actually prowling around the conference room, gymnasium, or parking lot.

Quantum 3D created the technology for military applications, and they've already sold a bunch to the US military. Meanwhile, they're showing it off to armed forces in other (allied) countries as well, and getting a good reception.

Quantum 3D executives say they're proud to lend a high-tech hand in military training, and, judging by the reception the product is getting, it's training that will be around for a while.

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