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Kids in a candy store (Opinion)

24th March 2022 - 16:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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Mixing the live and virtual has its benefits, but training credibility and realism must not suffer. (Photo: US DoD)

The experience of shopping for the next great training solution can be overwhelming. While new flashy technologies make an easy sell, it is important to remember their limitations.

Those involved in the training and simulation (T&S) industry for a number of years have seen it all before. Staff officers or civil servants posted into a job involving T&S arrive as keen as mustard. They go to their first show, normally IT²EC or I/ITSEC, and are invariably seduced by the whizz-bang technology that is being showcased.

In the past, this seduction used to focus on visual systems – specifically, image generation. Over time, as new technologies have emerged, this technological affair has shone the spotlight on mixed and enhanced reality and that over-arching siren, XR.

These technologies

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