8i is creating Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) training experiences that demonstrate effectiveness of immersive training for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) in improving retention, response time, and rapid decision making under pressure. Recently, 8i developed an immersive VR training simulation for TCCC complete with “Crawl, Walk, Run,” scenarios as well as a volumetric AR training scenario. This project is funded through MTEC’s Multi-Topic Request for Project Proposals (Solicitation #17-08-MultiTopic) sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC).
Military medical personnel are required to continuously learn new skills and retain existing skillsets, which can drastically differ depending on operational environment, representing a major educational challenge. Therefore, the military is actively pursuing the integration of advanced simulations into their medical training regimens. Advanced simulations will aid in increased training speed, better reacquisition and retention of surgical skills, reduced training in live injured patients, and fewer medical errors in the field, among other advantages.
8i’s VR and AR training experiences leverage the power of volumetric video to provide a realistic training experience that mirrors real world classroom training. Experiences also include interactive battlefield training scenarios for testing retention under pressure. Volumetric videos would allow the recording of real TCCC training that can be played back at any time on any immersive media device including AR and VR headsets, increasing the replicability of training courses and limiting the need for live instructors. Real-time volumetric video recording will also allow for live remote medical diagnosis and treatment in full 3D. 8i believes this will facilitate deeper communication and learning experiences with limitless viewpoints on any subject matter.