Boeing and the University of Central Florida (UCF) unveiled a new technology that will shape the future of aviation training. UCF’s Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) researchers developed an augmented reality technology that enables a trainee to interact with a virtual co-pilot through augmented reality. The virtual co-pilot appears when the trainee puts on a set of augmented reality glasses and responds to spoken commands. The goal is to allow a trainee to interact with a virtual pilot with all the knowledge of a more experienced pilot and accelerate the educational pipeline. You have to see the video below to fully appreciate the experience.
The technology is built on Microsoft’s HoloLens platform. The HoloLens was released in March of 2016 and is already finding success in the augmented reality space that eluded Google Glass the first time around.
Partnerships between research universities and private industry are a catalyst for innovation. A successful partnership translates into practical conversion of research into business applications like new approaches to aviation training.