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The goal of this study is to create an immersive virtual reality simulator to train new military personnel in troop movement “Battle Drills”. Our program allows trainees to practice troop movement drills simulating 2/3 square kilometer in a space of a small room. This immersive experience is rendered in an HTC VIVE head mounted display (HMD), and a VR treadmill affords users an unbounded walking experience while remaining in place so that they can explore a large digital world. The verisimilitude of the simulation is enhanced by intuitive hand gestures and voice commands. The responsive artificial intelligence of the simulated enemies and allies further affords users an opportunity to go through several different training exercises. Results are discussed in terms of design and development of this simulation in addition to some concerns regarding user experience.
Ruan, Jingru; Rennaker, Donovan; Olsen, Eric; and Psimos, Jacob, "ROTC Virtual Reality Training Simulator" (2018). 2018 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium. 2.