September 27, 2021

The Bright Appeal of New Tech May Overshadow Practical Business – InsideSources

The exciting appeal of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is often in tension with more serious applications and necessary business models. Law enforcement departments, for example, are increasingly considering using AR and VR in a variety of training applications. However, there is a risk of a technology “push,” whereby developers are eager to penetrate a new market sector and actively sell products to new users, with insufficient preliminary efforts to ensure content responds directly to user needs.

As many companies suggest, AR and VR can play significant roles in the future of policing and promise to augment and improve law enforcement training. To be sure, police departments have been using virtual environments for years, but older systems tend to be relatively large, and they often just replay a suite of movies for trainee reactions. These can take up…

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