Charles River Analytics has received a two-year, $500,000 contract to help U.S. ArmyÂ researchers create a virtual and augmented reality training interface for the service branch.
The companyÂ said MondayÂ it will develop theÂ Virtual Interface for Real-Time User Control during Simulated OperationsÂ with partners Technology, Modeling and Simulation Consultants,Â SensicsÂ and the Virtual Reality Medical Center.
VIRTUOSO will be designed to help the ArmyÂ automatically assess skill performance as well asÂ integrate hierarchical models of multiple abilities and techniquesÂ that can driveÂ skill proficiency.
“There is a need to support the same natural interactions that take place during live training operations, to facilitate the same skill development experienced in live training simulations that result in learned muscle memory for critical physical tasks,” said Michael Jenkins, senior scientist at Charles River and principal investigator on the VIRTUOSO project.
“We are addressing this challenge in VIRTUOSO for both gross-motor movement, such as navigating through the virtual environment, and fine-motor movement, such as control of precision tools and interaction with virtual objects with oneâ€™s hands and fingers, Jenkins added.