US Army is developing & # 39; Google Earth on Steroids & # 39; which can simulate the inside of buildings
- The American army wants to make a functional and accurate 3D map of the world
- It can inform soldiers in the field, help simulate missions and more
- Recent developments have made it possible for researchers to map cities in just a few hours
- Passing on the enormous amounts of data to those in the field is another story
An initiative from the US military seems to be developing what one researcher & # 39; Google Earth on steroids & # 39; , which maps entire landscapes, helps to simulate environments and to train soldiers.
In a report from National Defense, a researcher who worked on the project, revealed that the system is sufficiently detailed to map the inside of buildings and ultimately entire cities that can then be used in simulated training exercises.
The military hopes to inform the creation of these realistic simulations, what they call simulated training environments, by building an extensive and highly detailed 3D map of locations around the world – an initiative called One World Terrain.
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An initiative from the US military seems to be developing what one researcher & # 39; Google Earth on steroids & # 39; which maps entire landscapes. Simulations can help US military train soldiers and collect useful data in the field
Although the project sounds like a developer's nightmare, recent developments in drone technology and satellite image databases have put the project into practice.
Building a city the size of San Francisco would have taken a whole year and cost the army more than $ 1.7 million in reports Defense One, but with new tools and information, a team was able to reconstruct the city with nearly 900,000 people in about eight hours.
National Defense reports that researchers were able to use a mixture of commercially available software and unmanned aerial vehicles to map and recreate a connection in about an hour.
& # 39; We were able to set up that UAS, capture it on the laptop within an hour, process it and turn it off, & # 39; Jason Knowles, an army investigator involved in the project, told National Defense.
The images made by drones are then merged with the help of artificial intelligence.
In the past the project seemed almost impossible, but recent developments have speeded up the amount of work and reduced costs
This also means that because researchers have to spend less time designing the terrain and other natural environments, they can introduce more details into other aspects of the simulation – sufficient to map the interior of buildings.
How, however, the process of reconstructing the interior work of a building remains somewhat vague in a report from the national defense.
& # 39; The interior of buildings is now being merged and broken into that 3D model & # 39 ;, Knowles told the exhaust. He added that his program has tools that strip the outside of a building level by level and see what's inside the building.
& # 39; That is of course very useful for operators. & # 39;
As the project progresses, Knowles told National Defense that he hopes the & # 39; smart & # 39; to make.
Using images from satellites and drones, researchers can merge environments using software for learning machines
For example, instead of just simulating a wall, the system would ideally be able to simulate the underlying characteristics of the wall, such as breaking or not breaking an explosive, an ammunition or a vehicle.
Ultimately, the models can even be used in the field, researchers say. By sending a drone to scan an area, soldiers were able to simulate missions on the spot before deploying.
Although the ability to make systems has progressed steadily, there is still, according to National Defense, an important obstacle to bringing the models to life – storage.
The data in the simulations are gigabytes, which means that sending them requires top-tier connectivity.
WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?
Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of an environment or situation.
- It immerses the user by making them feel in simulated reality through images and sound
- For example, in VR you might have the feeling that you are climbing a mountain while sitting at home
Virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional computer-generated environment that can be explored and used by a person.
That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed in this environment and is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.
How is virtual reality achieved?
Virtual reality is usually implemented using computer technology. There are various systems used for this purpose, such as headsets, omnidirectional treadmills and special gloves.
These are used to stimulate our senses together to create the illusion of reality.
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