Friday, February 2, 2018

Emerging Tech 2018: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

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Virtual and augmented reality are eye-catching technologies. And they certainly have exciting use cases in the federal government — like the team at NASA Goddard that’s creating virtual environments for earth scientists to continue their work after returning from the field.

But does VR have a broad play in the government? “Probably not,” Dcode’s Meagan Metzger says. She sees these technologies as more of a “nice to have” versus a “must have.”

“It doesn’t have a huge amount of applicability across most agencies,” Dcode’s Andrew McMahon added. “But I think it could be interesting for some citizen-facing work.” That, and employee trainings, he suggests.

Joey Cathey, founder at the D.C.-based VR company Capitol Interactive, is more bullish on the tech. His team has worked with the U.S. Postal Service and taken meetings with other agencies like the Department of State, where there’s interest in using VR for public diplomacy. “They’re really starting to get into it now that the market is starting to prove itself,” he said. ”Personally I see it as a tool in government for solving really complex problems.” ...

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