British Army Invented a New Application for Oculus Rift

Earlier we reported about experiments Norwegian army had been carrying out with Oculus Rift. Military engineers tried to modify a VR helmet to improve the possibilities of battlefield monitoring for tank drivers.

Supporting the initiative the British army has introduced Oculus Rift to a somehow specific area – a military medicine.

UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in cooperation with Plextek Consulting has developed a technology aimed at simulating virtual challenges for medics operating on the battlefields. The program will teach medics how to behave in difficult situations and prioritize wound care during the battle.

The whole system consists of two controllers. An internal one is used by a medic who approaches wounded soldiers and detects problems. An external controller is designed in a special way to manage the wounded person and making him change the responses according to the treatment received. Moreover, the program can even increase tension on the battlefield to make conditions more hard, for instance, there is an option of incoming fire increase.

“Our work with DSTL is enabling us to revolutionise the way medical treatment can be applied in the battlefield, while creating a multitude of opportunities for advanced health training applications across a breadth of industries,” explained Collette Johnson, Plextek’s manager in his interview to Army Technology.

Johnson is deeply convinced that “the innovative technology used in immersive reality solutions enables such a real-life perception that the education and response level of the trainee can be greatly heightened”.