Next-Generation Pilot Training System Unveiled

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A next-generation virtual reality and mixed reality (VR and MR) headset is dubbed a game-changer in enhanced pilot training. The XTAL 3 VR and MR headset has been developed by Vrgineers in cooperation with a team of international Air Force pilots, whose input helped unleash the potential of virtual reality simulations.

Bringing realistic, true-to-life experiences, the device is based on a mixed reality technology that allows pilots to see their hands and interact with instrument panels, learn proper motor skills, and practice standard procedures. 

The basis of this technology embodies two front-facing pass-through (enabling to step outside the view in VR to see the surroundings) high-resolution cameras. The responses of pilots wearing the headset in the simulated environment are nearly identical to real situations, teaching the decision-making processes required to gain air superiority. 

The technology reflects a unique combination of high fidelity with a wide field of view, providing the highest level of immersion and situational awareness.

Moreover, the XTAL 3 offers an extended field of view of 180° horizontal and 90° vertical, currently the widest visual field on the market for professional simulations. In combination with two 4K resolution displays and a pair of 4K mixed reality cameras, it delivers an outstanding visual experience, according to the company’s announcement.

The combination of the proprietary Vrgineers lenses embedded in the XTAL 3, and advanced warping algorithms provide high fidelity undistorted images that can be enhanced by additional corrective lenses inserts. Thanks to this feature, pilots who would normally wear glasses can train without the discomfort of having their nose compressed while seeing a perfect picture.

The headset frame is made of lightweight compounds, ensuring comfort, and avoiding neck tension during mission training. The ergonomics were fine-tuned based on feedback from pilots to sustain multiple hours of training.

The weight of the unit was significantly reduced and the device was equipped with proprietary inside-out tracking. This very convenient feature offers a pair of fast-switching infrared cameras positioned on the lower edge under the central cover. 

Additional functionality, such as a proprietary eye-tracking system with unique one-dot calibration for IPD (inter-pupillary distance) adjustment is supported as well. The gathered information can be further processed and visualized in heatmaps to be utilized for behavioral analyses.