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Technology: Practice Makes Perfect – The Importance of Simulation Applications

When software drives the display quality of images, resolution and speed of motion, it creates a very life-like seamless and integrated ‘reality.’  Right now, I’m in Milan, Italy with one of our partners, Antycip Simulation, who is a provider of some very cool technology across a variety of applications.  One of their areas of focus is simulation so I thought it worth a quick post about how sophisticated displays enable simulation applications.

Simulation is useful in a variety of contexts — from military applications, medical and scientific research (think medical school students performing simulated operations), product design (understanding the electrodynamics of different plastic covers on your cell phone requires both simulation and visualization), to docking transport ships and driving applications.

Mersive got its start working on simulator and training solutions for the military, but since then we’ve been involved in lots of simulation setups.  We worked with Formula One racing teams to provide a simulated training tool for its drivers to prepare for races before and during the season. They were able to practice a range of techniques to fine tune their race, such as breaking points, gear ratios, driving on different types of surfaces, and the list goes on.

This simulated training tool has also been applied to simulators to use for general drivers education. Mersive’s technology was recently installed at Tongji University in Shanghai to help its students learn how to drive. This is an innovative and safe way to teach young drivers the rules of the road. I’m hopeful it comes to the U.S. before my kids reach driving age. Otherwise, we may be going to China for drivers ed.

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