When it comes to preparing army medics for the working conditions of a warzone, it’s difficult to recreate the cramped conditions and stress of battle inside a moving Chinook helicopter on its way to evacuate a critically wounded solider to a field hospital.
That’s why a team of researchers have designed a VR simulation to help do just that — assist in the training of the UK Armed Forces’ Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) in responding to battlefield incidents while flying high above the ground.
The new VR simulator designed by a team at the University of Birmingham’s Human Interface Technology (HIT) brings together a VR headset, hand-tracking gloves, a lifelike dummy and an inflatable enclosure to better prepare medics for the conditions they may face in the field.
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