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Army Seeks to Collect Soldiers’ Initial Feedback on New Tech With Mixed-Reality Environment

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The U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command has developed a mixed-reality environment to assess soldiers’ interactions with its automated targeting system as part of efforts to integrate their feedback earlier in the development process, C4ISRNET reported Monday. 

The Advanced Targeting and Lethality Aided System is an artificial intelligence-based platform designed to automate threat detection and enable the gunner to zero in on threats. 

“It gives us the opportunity…to get the soldiers in front of this system prior to it being here as a soldier touchpoint or using the live system so we get that initial feedback to provide back to the program, to get that soldier-centric design, to get their opinions on the system, be that from how the GUI is designed to some of the ways that the system would operate,” Christopher May, deputy director of the C5ISR Center’s Modeling and Simulation Division, said of the mixed-reality environment. 

The service has installed an ATLAS prototype at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and plans to carry out a live-fire exercise to test the system.