The UK Tae Kwon Do Olympic team will be getting a kick out of its new sparring partner: a virtual reality simulator.
Developed by BAE Systems, in collaboration with UK Sport, the simulator is slated to help the team prepare for the the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Featuring depth-sensing cameras, motion sensors and eye-gaze trackers, the system will pit virtual opponents against the Olympic fighters. The technology will also feature post-training analysis, since a fighter's every move will be captured and recorded in meticulous detail.
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It's not built yet, but three display types are being considered for the simulator: a virtual reality headset, a single-screen projected display and a full-on holodeck where a fighter is surrounded by a 3-D projected image.
BAE officials say the project will draw heavily from the company's experience designing battleship and combat flight simulators, which use predictive algorithms to produce more intelligent opponents.