PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BANC3, one of the leading players in the Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) product arena, has won the Army Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award for "Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality for Live Fire Ranges" to develop a Head Mounted Display (HMD) that meets U.S. Army Rifleman Marksmanship training requirements.
The project involves developing a see-through Augmented Reality protocol and prototype to create realistic simulated human avatar overlays on top of and in lieu of standard silhouette representations, as well as to replicate night and obscurant conditions (opaqueness) during live fire familiarization training. This will enable soldiers to shoot more rounds in a shorter amount of time, allowing for more soldiers to be trained while improving retention and qualification rates. The proposed HMD will provide very accurate head tracking of the soldier with respect to the range environment, with a low encumbrance HMD design that does not change how a soldier would operate and shoot a rifle. The research will focus on the development of AR technology that supports range scanning with one eye and weapon sighting with the other. The AR technology will operate and support M4 and M16 weapon platforms utilizing various sights (iron, Red Dot, CCO, and ACOG). This award continues BANC3's strong trend of successful contracts in the VR/AR sectors in both hardware and software development.
BANC3, Inc., a small business headquartered in Princeton, NJ, is a rapidly growing C4ISR defense contractor whose core business areas include advanced EOIR/Laser/Sensor systems development/integration, software/hardware and embedded software development, and rapid prototyping of systems from initial concept through deployed system support.
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