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Raytheon Brings Hollywood Motion Capture Technology To LE Training

May 25, 2012  | 

Photo: Raytheon
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More than 500 public and private law enforcement and border security officials in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will be on hand to see how virtual reality technology from Raytheon Company and Motion Reality Inc. improves training methods with a variety of lifelike scenarios, according Raytheon.

VIRTSIM employs licensed motion-capture technology similar to that used in movies such as "The Avengers," "Avatar," and "The Lord of the Rings." Raytheon is offering it to the law enforcement community, the company announced.

Personnel from federal, state, and county agencies, including the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Marshals Service, will attend daylong demonstrations of VIRTSIM from June 4-22 at a Raytheon facility in Plano, Texas. This is an invitation-only event.

The VIRTSIM system applies Motion Reality's patented motion capture technology to allow a tactical team of up to 13 individuals to interactively train with complete freedom of motion. Unencumbered by wires or cables in a 360-degree virtual environment, trainees experience realistic sensory feedback as they interact with live people or avatars. The fully immersive technology can also be networked to allow for larger, simultaneous interactions.

The system works with reflective markers placed on users' bodies that track their movements along a basketball court-sized "field." Participants wear lightweight goggles and are immersed in a realistic virtual scenario, such as a hostage rescue or a variety of other incidents. The goal is to re-create on-the-job, realistic challenges so officers can be better prepared and equipped to deal with them.

"The same efficiencies that soldiers gain from training with VIRTSIM are readily applied to law enforcement," said Glynn Raymer, vice president of Combat and Sensing Systems for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business. "We don't have people training with joysticks in their hands, but with realistic weapons in a full, tactical movement environment. They come out sweating and with their hearts pounding."

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