Virtual reality is being used to prepare soldiers for warfare and help them recover from stress after they return home. Exhibits at a three-day Virtual Reality Show in Angel include an igloo-type marquee where British armed forces train on mock battlefields.
Up to 1,000 service personnel can fit inside Igloo Vision’s largest structure as footage is projected around them in an experience likened to “stepping inside a giant VR headset”. There is even enough space to fit a tank inside or fix motorised rollers to the floor so soldiers feel like they are marching.
VR headsets will also give visitors to the show, which opens today, a taste of what it was like to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan via Bravemind software, which is viewed through an HTC Vive headset.