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NIST Unveils First Responder Virtual Reality Tech Competition

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator has announced it will administer a prize competition on virtual reality and software coding.

The First Responder Virtual Reality Heads-up-Display Navigation Challenge entails its participants to formulate HUD concepts that to support public safety in either areas of firefighting or law enforcement, NIST said in a challenge.gov post.

Concepts made through the competition must support the development of user interface technology that includes feedback mechanisms, vocal commands and visual indicators.

The competition will include four stages: concept paper submission, HUD prototype conceptualization, evaluation round one and evaluation round two.

Judging for the concept papers will be based on strategic alignment, technical outcome and feasibility.

Interested participants may submit entries through the announcement’s submit tab until Jan. 26.

NIST expects to name the winners by Feb. 5.

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