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Improving training effectiveness with Google Glass

Case study from Muretex who pitched their ideas to industry and investors at the CDE Marketplace on 27 April 2016.

Google Glass.
Google Glass. Credit: Tim Reckmann, source: Wikimedia Commons.

Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, Muretex has developed a concept for improving training using wearable computing technology, such as Google Glass.

The research has seen trainees wear Google Glass headsets, which connect wirelessly to a management system so that an instructor, monitoring the trainees in real time, can see what they see and issue immediate feedback and training prompts. Muretex’s system is designed to work across a range of wearable devices.

This innovation creates a more efficient use of training time resolving problems faster and having greater real-time control over the training and performance. Ultimately it could increase training effectiveness, while reducing overall costs.

Muretex hopes that with a collaborating partner the next phase of work will include improvements to the communications infrastructure and addition of virtual-reality headsets to allow an enriched training stimulus.

Jon Platts, Owner and MD, Muretex says:

The CDE funding has been instrumental in allowing a rapid prototype to be developed and proved. For us, as a micro-business, CDE funding has proved to be the perfect funding vehicle.

Muretex was founded in 2003, has 6 employees and is a distributed company based in Lincoln with an office in the Bedford i-Lab. The company was founded by ex-RAF officers.

View the pitch presentation slides.

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Published 19 April 2016