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Belgian researchers explore extended reality for naval firefighting

11th September 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Engineering students at KU Leuven University have developed a VR and mixed reality simulator to enhance firefighting training for Belgian Navy personnel.

‘New sailors will be able to perfect their XR [extended reality] extinguishing techniques before starting to put out a real fire,’ the Belgian MoD noted, adding that the research ‘convinced us of the potential of XR technology and that it deserves its place in the Navy’.

As a result, the Belgian Navy intends to integrate a virtual system with real-world training for firefighting on board its vessels.

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