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Army Catches RIDE to Extended Reality Future

June 1, 2021

Researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies built the Rapid Integration and Development Environment, a test bed for evaluating modeling and simulation technologies for internal use. But the system, which plays a role in creating the Army’s Tactical Computing Environment, is finding users across the Defense Department and in the defense industry.

The system, known as RIDE, has proved useful in developing a wide array of capabilities for technology-generated realities, including virtual, augmented and extended realities. RIDE combines features inherent to commercial game engines with many of the immersive technologies developed at the institute, which is commonly known as the ICT. The ICT is a university-affiliated research center associated with the University of Southern California and is directly supported with Defense Department funding.

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