The U.S. Army’s Force 2025 and Beyond program is working to incorporate augmented and virtual reality into live training to help better prepare soldiers for the rigors of combat.
Over the past year or so, virtual and augmented reality has made its way into the commercial market in a big way. High tech headsets like Playstation VR and Oculus Rift provide gamers with immersive experiences that can, at times, seem so realistic that a quick search for people making fools of themselves with VR headsets could leave you entertained for days. Lower cost headgear that relies on smartphones to provide the visuals have exploded onto the market as well, with even cheaper Google Cardboardalternatives available to those who don’t want to shell out $20 to climb into a virtual world. Even smart phone games like Pokemon Go rely on an augmented reality to give gamers a sense that the Pikachu they’re chasing is actually alive in the same world the player resides in.