Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) works with HaptX, to provide enhanced military medical virtual reality training. ECS has enhanced its Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulation (TC3Sim) medical trainer to incorporate a sense of touch in training scenarios to improve realism and training by using the HaptX Gloves Development Kit, an industrial-grade product for advanced simulation in virtual reality. HaptX Gloves enable users to experience virtual simulations with realistic touch feedback and natural interaction for the first time. This training debuted at the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), and subsequently, has been enhanced with even more realism that will be showcased at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) January 26-30, 2019. Shane Taber, ECS vice president of operations/Orlando, explains: “Previously, VR training focused on learning through visual and auditory cues. The sense of touch has been missing, and by integrating the HaptX Gloves, warfighters shift their perspective from the typical Virtual Reality interaction that uses a controller to click and interact, to more of a human-based physical approach of actually grasping an object or reaching out and touching a button with your finger. A medic can bandage a wound or administer CPR, perform highly tactile [...]
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Safety is often measured by a lack of bad things happening, but at the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Soldiers and civilians are being recognized for their contributions to being proactive in preventing accidents. For William Zaharis, Safety Director, Army Materiel Command, the Safety Awards are a way to recognize the workforce for acts that may otherwise go unnoticed. "What really gets safety done is the interface between Soldiers and commanders to make sure they are doing things by the book," said Zaharis. "The Army Materiel Command Safety Awards help bring their contributions to light." Limiting accidents and performing day-to-day tasks in a safe way contributes to overall readiness. Adam Crafard, the safety director at Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, said submitting his organization for these awards acts as a self-check. "I look at this as an award that captures what we have been doing as a command over the last few years," said Crafard. "We have brought everybody together to work toward a common goal." Winning awards like this shows the workforce is taking on safety as a priority, Crafard said. "It tells me safety is important to the command, and more importantly, to the workforce," [...]
Operative Experience Inc. (OEI) announced the launch of TCCS Plus, a military-grade, high-fidelity simulator designed to provide hyper-real, clinically-responsive trauma training for combat medics on the battlefield as well as civilian first responders in active shooter and other mass casualty scenarios. The simulator provides training for forward deployed medical personnel encountering casualties in austere environments that require prolonged medical care while awaiting evacuation. Its clinical capabilities are designed to conform to the Joint Trauma System (JTS) Center of Excellence and Deployment Medicine training standards, including hemorrhage control, advanced airway management, closed head trauma identification, cardiac compromise, advanced respiratory disorders, intravenous cannulation and advanced monitoring. TCCS Plus is a ruggedized full body, wireless and tetherless, fully articulated simulator featuring on-the-fly tablet control, pre-programmed clinical scenarios and more than 14 hours of continuous battery powered run time in indoor and outdoor environments. It is also available in five wound pattern configurations that simulate traumatic injuries from IED explosions, blunt trauma and gunshot wounds. It will be introduced at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Antonio, Texas, the industry’s leading conference for the latest innovations and best practices in healthcare simulation.
Remograph announced the release of Remo 3D v2.8. Remo 3D is an effective tool for creating and modifying 3D models intended for real-time visualization. The primary file format is OpenFlight. Remo 3D is currently available for Microsoft Windows 10, 8, or 7 and Linux. This new 2.8 version of Remo 3D brings support for OpenSceneGraph 3.6.3, a new preview animation feature, and other various fixes.
Inzpire Limited completed deliveries of its GECO System to U.K. Ministry of Defence Apache, Chinook, Merlin and Bell helicopter forces following its competition for the Cockpit Situational Awareness Tool (CSAT) Programme. Since the contract award in May 2018, Inzpire has delivered GECO Systems and associated operator training for personnel based at Wattisham, Middle Wallop, Odiham, Culdrose, Akrotiri and Brunei under the CSAT Programme. The system is designed to enhance the safety of missions through its suite of safety and aircrew assistance applications. It increases mission effectiveness through the provision of situational awareness and decision assistance applications and offers the use of commercial off-the-shelf hardware solutions where appropriate.
DUBAI, 18th December, 2018 (WAM) -- Dawoud Al Hajiri, Director-General of the Dubai Municipality, on Monday launched a smart training centre, which offers hands-on training using the Virtual Reality Environment. The Smart Training Hub, supervised by the municipality’s Geographic Information Systems Centre, is considered the first-of-a-kind in the Middle East for the city planning and engineering industry. With the Smart Training Hub, the municipality aims to enable trainees to learn the techniques and mechanisms used in urban planning and the methods of building supervision and control. The techniques of the centre will also enable the trainees to implement the urban planning rules and the setting up of building regulations as well as performing the land surveying tasks while they are inside the training room. Al Hajiri toured the training centre, where he was briefed by Mariam Al Muhairi, Director of GIS Centre, about the equipment and training programmes at the centre, which is unique for its use of the latest technology in training. The centre is equipped with high-end devices and tools that are used in VR technology, while the software was fully developed by the GIS Centre team. Al Muhairi explained that the training curriculum covers limited [...]
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS unveiled the prototype of a virtual surgery trainer at MEDICA 2018 in November. “HandsOn.surgery” helps surgeons prepare for individual patient cases prior to surgery, and enables them to practice the surgery. Both the surgical placement of implantable hearing aids and the surgical treatment of tumor diseases require milling the petrosal bone. Operations on the petrosal bone are both challenging and risky for any surgeon, as the facial nerve runs through the bone there, concealed, and the tight access offers a particularly limited surgical view. Aspiring surgeons therefore need extensive training before they can routinely perform such difficult procedures. To date, training opportunities are limited to just a few specialized centers, making large-scale training impossible. The virtual surgery trainer supports physicians in their education and training and is expected to help minimize surgery time and the risk of injury. With HandsOn.surgery, surgeons can practice individual procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics and other areas before the actual operation using the patient’s digital twin – at any time, as often as they want, and with no risk. The highly immersive HandsOn.surgery trainer enables doctors to see, feel and practice a [...]
Kitware added to its collection of open source toolkits with the first release of the interactive Medical Simulation Toolkit (iMSTK). The toolkit offers manufacturers and researchers all the software components they need to build and test virtual simulators for medical training and planning. “iMSTK, which we’ve been developing in close collaboration with Professor Suvranu De’s research center — the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — is meant to empower developers to rapidly prototype virtual simulator applications,” said Andinet Enquobahrie, the director of medical computing at Kitware. Virtual simulators can help practicing surgeons, medical students, residents and nurses to rehearse or plan surgical procedures such as biopsies, resectioning, radiosurgery and laparoscopy without compromising patient safety in the operating room. Medical simulators can also help accredit potential surgeons in basic skills for laparoscopy, endoscopy or robotic surgery. To aid the development of medical simulators, iMSTK brings together 3D medical image processing plus modeling and simulation. More specifically, iMSTK works hand-in-hand with 3D Slicer and the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK) to segment a medical scan, derive 3D models from the segmentations and use the models for interactive physics-based simulation and photorealistic rendering. [...]