Firefighter training is an activity that, despite all the precautions, presents some risks for those who practice it. However, as tech entrepreneur, Alex Hern points out in Chronicle Week, virtual reality could make training simulations a whole lot safer.
It’s necessary and apart of the job, and to make realistic, real-life simulations are necessary. Now, VR equipment can help with reconstructions of burning parts of buildings, cars, and more. A virtual fire can offer realistic simulations without the potential injuries.
Firefighters can come face-to-face with an emergency situation, says Alex Hern, in a safer, more efficient manner. Hern is the co-founder of cross reality company Tsunami XR. He’s a 25-year veteran who helped build Inktomi, the company behind the search technology of some of the largest search engines, like MSN and Yahoo. He says today’s augmented simulators use a series of sensors and technological components to train firefighters in a realistic and safe way.
Besides the 3D reconstruction of each scenario, in the augmented reality mode, the movements of the fireman are simulated and they can still experience some of the sensations that would be felt in reality. Using VR, the suit, for example, will heat up, thanks to a series of electrical resistances applied to the fabric: the fireman will approach the virtual fire, and the more the temperature will increase. There are also sensors to monitor heartbeat, physiological response and performance. You get all of this without jeopardizing the safety of firefighters, and these real-life scenarios can also give a boost to pre-planning.
The Value Of Augmented Reality
The augmented reality industry already reached a value of $6 billion dollars in 2017, and as Alex Hern points out, by 2023, we will see a 58 percent boost. While consumers have all eyes on the gaming industry for virtual reality, several other markets are seeing a boom, like the military, the tourism industry, and new markets that can utilize augmented reality for training.
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