Mixed reality emerges as new growth area for Orlando firm

An Orlando tech company that builds virtual reality-based training systems has made a push into a fast-growing field that combines the technology with augmented reality.

Known as “mixed reality,” it allows two people wearing headsets in different real-world locations to work “alongside” one another in the same virtual world, seeing the same images and in the same settings.

The technology could improve remote training, as instructors can provide feedback or manipulate the same virtual objects a student sees.

That form of instruction could stick with students better than conference calls or online-based instruction, said Howard Mall, Engineering & Computer Simulations’ vice president of engineering. Industry research, he said, shows simulated training increases retention.

“The more engaging an experience, the more it will be readily remembered,” said Mall, whose company has built mixed-reality modules for automotive, military and medical applications.

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