U.S. Navy brings VR to its recruitment game

The U.S. Navy is using virtual reality to give recruits the flavor of being on patrol

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Navy VR The U.S. Navy is using virtual reality to its recruiting, letting potential sailors put on virtual reality goggles and a chest vest to try out what it feels like to be on a boat, with a gun, on river patrol. The chest vest actually gives users the feeling of the sound of being near a helicopter, with its blades whirling, and also live mortar fire.

Two of the VR experiences are in New York City this week timed to Fleet Week, with one experience called the Burke and the other called the Nimitz, which appears to mimic in its look, of a video game, letting you go out with other sailors on the water. Both mobile VR displays will be at Pier 88S—which is where the biggest cruise ships dock in Manhattan—Wednesday and Thursday.

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