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Alex Morrow, technical director for counter unmanned aerial systems at Battelle, demonstrates a virtual reality tool used by the military

Central Ohio virtual-reality efforts find uses for serious purposes and fun, too

The Columbus Dispatch

Posted by Beth Burger on Aug 19, 2018

Perched in a tower in the desert, there are mountains on the horizon. Tires are smoldering in the distance, emitting small dark plumes of smoke. Pallets of military supplies and tents surround the tower. The wind is blowing, and there’s the soft mechanical buzz of drones just meters away.

None of this is real.

It’s a simulation created in virtual reality to make you feel as though you’re in the deserts of Iraq or Afghanistan.
At Battelle, where the program was created, virtual reality is a necessary tool as American service members train to use the company’s Drone Defender overseas.

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