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Schools train rescuers and help vets, virtually

By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor
April 15th, 2009

Jack Smith can put mine rescuers in the midst of an underground emergency with lives at stake, all in the calmness of a university research lab.


Smith, a quantum chemist and a research associate for Marshall University in West Virginia, runs the school's simulation stage that immerses emergency responders in a detailed training program. But unlike most simulations, participants don't have to wire themselves with sensors and markers that prove cumbersome. They simply step onto the stage--created by New York-based motion-capture company Organic Motion--and their movements are recorded by 14 cameras and converted to a computer program.


"And we can produce what looks like...

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Schools train rescuers and help vets, virtually

By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor
April 15th, 2009

Jack Smith can put mine rescuers in the midst of an underground emergency with lives at stake, all in the calmness of a university research lab.


Smith, a quantum chemist and a research associate for Marshall University in West Virginia, runs the school's simulation STAGE that immerses emergency responders in a detailed training program. But unlike most simulations, participants don't have to wire themselves with sensors and markers that prove cumbersome. They simply step onto the STAGE--created by New York-based motion-capture company Organic Motion--and their movements are recorded by 14 cameras and converted to a computer program.


"And we can produce what looks like real...

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