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June 29, 2018

Optera receives grant to test glove technology for first responder VR training from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Optera is pleased to announce it has received a $613,000 Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – User Interface grant from NIST. These funds will support the testing of multiple virtual reality (VR) glove technologies in the development and testing of user interfaces for public safety.

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Over the next two years Optera will develop a VR simulation based on a home heart attack and ambulance transport scenario and test the efficacy of gloves in VR as a UI manipulator. Our work will include a study attempting to delineate at what point gloves are more effective than hand controllers in VR simulation.


“This grant has the ability to greatly aid the advancement of virtual reality in public safety. VR can change the way products are designed and how training is executed in public safety. The possibilities are endless and with NIST’s program we will be able to bring some of these possibilities to reality”

– Cole Sandau, President, Optera Group


This work will be performed under the following financial assistance award 70NANB18H149 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. For more information on the grant and development details visit https://hubs.ly/H0cRQmC0 

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