Six questions about VR/XR — Ewout van Dort

Ewout is a Staff Officer of the Research & Development office of the Royal Netherlands Army Simulation Centre.

1. What are the most inspiring aspects of your work in XR?
All the new opportunities becoming available with this technology.

2. What is the most promising, exciting development now happening?The further enhancement of Augmented Reality, especially in outdoor environments.

3. What is the blind spot in XR, something that people seem to overlook?Don’t focus too much on just the technology, it’s the usecase with the necessary content what pushes the succes of XR.

4. What areas in XR have the biggest growth potential and why?
All the different aspects in XR have their potential, but the seamless integration of these techniques is the future.

5. Where will XR be in five to ten years from now?
Very difficult to say, but I believe that the number of applications for XR will be enormous, both because of the technical and applicable options.

6. Anything else you would like to share with us?
It’s great to have so many people working on XR together to share ideas, since this is key to push the further development.

Ewout van Dort’s presentation at VR Days Europe
xReality in the Military — Short insight on xReality used in the Royal Netherlands Defence Organization with an invitation to share your xReality based solution.

Excerpt presentation
The Royal Netherlands Defence Organization has a history of using xReality solutions for a wide range of training, education and operational purposes. From Virtual Reality for artillery training in the mid 90’s to Augmented Reality in the new F35 pilot’s helmet, passing Mixed Reality for situational awareness and maintenance support and Augmented Virtuality for mortar training, I will present an overview of historic and actual systems and projects in the Royal Netherlands Navy, Airforce and Army.

Besides this I challenge the audience to come up with their innovative ideas to provide new xReality based solutions to prepare our personnel for-, and assist our personnel in their tasks.

Bio Ewout van Dort
Captain Ewout van Dort has a background in civil aircraft- and vehicle maintenance, and after graduating at the Military Academy he gained operational experience as Staff Officer within the air assault maintenance coy and as commander of several mechanized maintenance platoons. In 2015 he conducted a mission as commander of the maintenance detachment in the MINUSMA mission in Mali.

As Staff Officer of the Research & Development office of the Royal Netherlands Army Simulation Centre, he is always eager in finding new creative solutions to add value to the development of new simulation capabilities and the improvement of current simulation systems to enhance the education, training and mission preparation of operational units of the Royal Netherlands Army.

Ewout will speak at the VR Days Europe — Check out the program and don’t miss out on the tickets!