Simulators must use state-of-the-art audio, visual and motion cues to transport users to different worlds and augment training transfer. Two leading companies present a solution to the challenge of finding technology that is affordable and effective at the same time.
Quebec, Canada-based D-BOX Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and commercializes cutting-edge Motion Systems for the international industrial markets. Barco which is headquartered in Belgium, designs and develops networked visualization products for entertainment, enterprise and health care.
Together, their combined innovations create a powerful immersive simulation experience at a fraction of the price of traditional systems. D-BOX offers top-tier motion cueing systems that trigger cognitive reactions to touch and balance, while Barco’s F22 projectors set the standard for the best simulation projection devices around.
Visitors to I/ITSEC 2015 can see the results for themselves. At D-BOX’s booth #1026, the prototype for an Embedded Tactical Team Trainer incorporates Barco’s F22 visual projectors to demonstrate the most convincing and cost-efficient training environment for drivers and gunners anywhere in the world.
The compact F22 performance projector is the answer to technically challenging applications. It combines world-class technology with functional and innovative design, which is used in the Esterline TD Series Dome. The effect is an unmatched level of performance, reliability, automation and customization in the Embedded Tactical Team Trainer.
The F22’s WUXGA, 1080p and SXGA+ resolutions, with up to 3,300 lumens, meet the visual needs of every scenario. The projector makes smart use of valuable installation area and installation resources. Once mounted, lamp changes can occur with the projector in position, which saves both time and money in complex deployment environments.
F22-series projectors are specifically engineered for demanding environments such as that of the Embedded Tactical Team Trainer. Each projector is manufactured in Norway, where it is also meticulously tested and calibrated. The product also comes with around-the-clock support from Barco’s global service team.
As much as visual immersion is essential, it still generates a sterile environment without kinesthetic cues. That’s where D-BOX steps in. To maximize user engagement, D-BOX Motion Systems add feel to traditional sight-and-sound simulation. Motion simulation develops trainees’ psychomotor reflexes through complex skills development, trial and error, movement patterns and modification.
The idea is that the sense of touch is the simplest and most straightforward of the senses, and thus a key to preparing operators (pilots, gunners or any specialized operators) for the real-world demands of a vehicle in action, says Sébastien Lozé, Senior Product Marketing Director at D-BOX.
This mix of multimodal stimulation and cues that the Embedded Tactical Team Trainer demonstrates provides the best environment for developing “muscle memory” in the brain. That is, operators remember better using “feel.” To transfer the curriculum from trainer to trainee, multimodal training incorporates visuals, sounds, movement and vibrations into the instructions. Studies have shown this form of training improves results across a variety of subject areas, while avoiding negative training effects.
The closest truth you can rely on is what you feel with your entire body — the feel of the vehicle and its acceleration give users as much information as a vocal statement from someone else,” explains Lozé. “If the vibration of the vehicle or platform is telling you that acceleration is happening, your body gets used to it and allows you to aim correctly. That’s why it’s important to be tactical and operational, and add cues other than just visual and audio.
D-BOX Motion Systems include hardware and software, which can be integrated into any existing simulation system. The company’s patented technology sends motion effects that are specifically programmed for visual content to a Motion System that features a platform, seat or other apparatus. The resulting motion is perfectly synchronized with the on-screen action, creating an unparalleled realistic immersive experience. As well, D-BOX’s API is so flexible that users can add special effects to anything that the simulator generates.
Bridging the gap between effective and affordable
Leveraging innovative technology to go from “acceptable” to “outstanding”
The Embedded Tactical Team Trainer proves that both D-BOX and Barco can respond to the evolving needs of the training and simulation community.
But it also shows that it is profitable by meeting the criteria of the Lowest Price Technology Acceptable (LPTA) purchasing paradigm that is followed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The LPTA is a selection process that prioritizes value by matching technically appropriate proposals with the lowest evaluated price.
Let D-BOX and Barco show you what can happen when two leading technology companies combine their skills and experience to create solutions for simulation. For customers, systems like the Embedded Tactical Team Trainer offer the best highs and lows across the spectrum: top-notch immersion training at an affordable price.
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