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Using mixed-reality glasses to train, inform and warn the first responders

Mixed reality deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data, usually with the help of translucent glasses in order to overlay images over a real world . A virtual image can be superimposed on a distant object or area. It shows shows an ocular which is able to identify contaminations in a landscape including quantitative information for the user. This can be very useful e.g. in trainings or for visualisation of "invisible" hazards.

Augmented Reality technologies are difficult to implement since a coordination between the overlaid pictures and the real world has to be provided. 


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Supported Use Cases

Visualize Invisible Dangers

Show existing but invisible dangers (e.g. radioactivity, heat) by Augmented Reality with data derived from sensors and tools (e.g. showing the atomic or heat emanation), overlaid on the real images

Related CM functions

Serious gaming in the real world

Mixed reality glasses can be used in , e.g. to simulate danger situations in the field, train and watch the person's behaviour without real danger for them. Different sceenarios can easily be simulated in  a real environment but with simlated dangers.

Furthermore, the glasses can also simulate virtual persons to train the interaction in and with a group.

Related CM functions

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Mixed reality shown in glasses
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