Thursday, May 11, 2017

JLG VR Training Simulator at Vision VR/AR Summit

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's Vision VR/AR Summit in Hollywood, CAwhat a show! ForgeFX Training Simulations was honored to demonstrate the JLG Immersive Trainer, a virtual reality-based industrial equipment training simulator, that we developed for JLG Industries, Inc. JLG's VR-based equipment simulator provides training on everything from machine control familiarization, to equipment operation, to advanced spatial awareness challenges.


JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, partnered with ForgeFX Training Simulations to develop the JLG Immersive Trainer, a virtual reality industrial training simulator for JLG equipment. The JLG Immersive Trainer was featured in the at the 2017 Unity Vision VR/AR Summit Showcase, where attendees could "meet the innovators pioneering the best in virtual, augmented, and mixed realities from around the world.".

Virtual Reality Industrial Training Simulator

Virtual reality and industrial training simulators are a marriage made in heaven. By deploying industrial equipment training simulators as VR applications, we are able to deliver a virtual training experience that is far more immersive than traditional screen-based training simulators. The JLG VR Equipment Training Simulator, in addition to featuring interactive real-time stereoscopic 3D environments and equipment types, includes head, hand and positional tracking, which gives the trainee the ability to interact with the virtual world and machinery in a dramatically lifelike and realistic fashion.

Vision VR/AR Summit, VR Industrial Training Simulator
By integrating fully functional real-world equipment controls, and corresponding in-simulation virtual controls, the JLG Immersive Trainer provides an extremely interactive and immersive virtual industrial training simulator.

Unity Vision VR/AR Summit 2017

The Vision VR/AR Summit, sponsored by Unity Technologies, is an event for artists, engineers, programmers, designers, musicians, directors, producers, hardware manufacturers and researchers. The content and networking are focused on furthering the knowledge base of anyone developing virtual and/or augmented reality content in Unity. This year's showcase featured dozens of great talks and demonstrations from some of the biggest companies and contributors that are advancing the use of virtual and augmented reality.

Vision Summit 2017 Keynotes

Unity Technologies has made a number of the Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 Keynotes available on their YouTube channel. Watch the Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 Keynote with an intro from Unity Global Head of xR Tony Parisi. In his address, Unity CEO John Riccitiello outlines how and when VR will truly take off.

John Riccitiello, CEO, Unity Technologies

Brandon Bray - Principal Group Mgr, Microsoft 

Marcus Kuehne - Strategy Lead Immersive Technologies, Audi AG

Unity Vision VR/AR Summit Review, VRScout

For a great recap of the Unity Vision VR/AR Summit 2017, check out VRScout's review and their wrap video:

Vision VR/AR Summit, VR Scout Wrap Video


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Friday, April 28, 2017

ForgeFX Simulations at Vision VR/AR Summit 2017

We're going Hollywood! ForgeFX Training Simulations is excited to be exhibiting at the Vision VR/AR Summit 2017, May 1 -2, in Hollywood California, sponsored by Unity Technologies. ForgeFX will be one of nearly 20 companies participating in the Vision VR/AR Summit Showcase, hosted in the summit's premiere demo space, the showcase features innovators pioneering the best in virtual, augmented, and mixed realities from all around the world.

ForgeFX Training Simulations - Vision VR/AR Summit 2017

Come try the VR Equipment Training Simulator, which we developed for JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers. The JLG VR Equipment Training Simulator combines stereoscopic real-time 3D, head, hand and positional tracking, multi-player support, and real-world control integration to deliver an extremely highly-interactive and immersive training simulator. VR-based training simulators prepare operators for real-world operations, with far greater impact than traditional flat-screen simulators ever could. 
JLG Industries, VR Equipment Training Simulator

Vision VR/AR Summit 2017

The definitive event for innovators in VR/AR

Virtual and Augmented Reality have captured the imaginations of millions around the world. If you are passionate about creating games, films, ads, art, journalism and more with these cutting-edge technologies, then join us at the Vision 2017 Virtual and Augmented Reality Summit. 
The Vision VR/AR Summit is an event for artists, engineers, programmers, designers, musicians, directors, producers, hardware manufacturers and researchers. The content and networking are focused on furthering the knowledge base of anyone developing virtual and/or augmented reality content in Unity. 
The Unity Vision Summit is a popular exhibition attended by market leaders in the VR, AR and gaming development world. This two-day event features demonstrations and discussions, that include enterprise, entertainment, art, and commercial uses of VR and AR technologies.


The summit will examine how industries can utilizing new VR and AR technologies to their advantage, just as JLG has done with their lift and access equipment VR training simulator. If you're going to be attending the Vision VR/AR Summit next week, please be sure to stop by and give it a try!


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

ForgeFX Simulations at ConExpo-ConAgg 2017

Thanks to everyone who visited ForgeFX Simulations at ConExpo - Con/Agg 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada last month. ConExpo is the largest trade show in the United States, and this year's show spanned a record 2.8 million-plus net square feet of exhibits, with a record 2,800+ exhibitors.

130,000 industry professionals from over 150 different countries.
ForgeFX was proud to present our virtual reality (VR) industrial training simulators to as many of the 125,000+ attendees as possible. VR-based training simulators immerse users in virtual environments, and with virtual equipment, in ways traditional screen-based simulators cannot. The combination of stereoscopic 3D, positional tracking, head-tracking, hand tracking, and real-world controls delivers highly interactive and impactful simulators that prepare operators for real-world operation. The aerial boom lift simulator that we developed for JLG was a real crowd pleaser, located at the ForgeFX booth, the JLG booth and the Tech Experience pavilion.

ForgeFX Simulations demonstrating their VR-based training simulators at ConExpo 201.

JLG Immersive Trainer

In addition to demonstrating the aerial boom lift at our booth, JLG Industries had 2 instances of the simulator running at their booth. We networked these 2 simulation stations together and developed a fully interactive multi-user environment so that attendees could compete against each other in real-time for the best score, or collaborate to accomplish tasks together.

JLG Industries, Immersive Training Simulator
Operating a JLG aerial work platform in virtual reality.

New Technology at ConExpo

JLG's virtual reality training simulator takes place on an actual boom platform complete with the controls that are used to operate the real-world equipment. Watch the first of JLG's daily recaps for a peek at their live demos, interactive exhibits and equipment advancements that will redefine the future of access.

Tech Experience

From solar-powered roadways, to the first-ever 3D printed excavator, to virtual reality training simulators, the Tech Experience at ConExpo 2017 was a 75,000 square foot immersive, future-forward showcase that allowed attendees to see what’s possible tomorrow, today.

JLG's aerial work platform simulator at the ConExpo 2017 Tech Experience.
ForgeFX's virtual reality simulators familiarize operators with machine controls and operation, while helping to reduce the possibility of mistakes and accidents on real-world job sites. VR-based simulators appeal to the next generation of trainees by providing them with cutting-edge, fun, interactive and highly-immersive training.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Virtual Reality Simulators Enhance Equipment Operator Training

ForConstructionPros.com - Virtual Reality Simulators Enhance Equipment Operator Training, by Sara Jensen, Managing Editor, OEM Off-Highway.


"As the costs of virtual reality (VR) hardware and software have decreased in recent years, the technology’s use within various industries has grown. The heavy equipment industry, for instance, sees the benefits it can provide, particularly to help provide training and improve safety on jobsites."

Friday, March 03, 2017

ForgeFX Simulations Exhibiting New VR Simulators at CONEXPO 2017

ForgeFX Simulations will be exhibiting their new Virtual Reality (VR) training simulators at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, March 7-11, Gold Hall Booth #G73420.

ForgeFX Simulations CONEXPO 2017

CONEXPO is a trade show for the construction industry that takes place every three years, showcasing the latest construction equipment, products, services and technologies. ForgeFX Simulations will be demonstrating two VR-based training simulators at CONEXPO this year, an aerial work platform operator training simulator developed for JLG Industries, and an aircraft deicing training simulator developed for Global Ground Support.

ForgeFX Simulations, Custom Virtual Training Simulations

ForgeFX's VR-based training simulators immerse trainees in a way traditional flat screen-based training simulators can't. Operators can instantly take advantage of head-tracking, which allows them to look all around in 360 degrees, just as they do in the real-world, allowing them to keep their hands on the real-world controls. 

ForgeFX Simulations - Custom VR-Based Simulations


The simulators take advantage of hand-tracking cameras, so that users are able to interact with real-world and virtual controls within the simulator, providing a true mixed reality experience.

JLG Industries, Immersive Training Simulator

The JLG Immersive Training Simulator will located at three places at CONEXPO this year. Networked multi-player VR simulators will be available at JLG Industries, Gold Lot Booth #3946 and at the Tech Experience, Silver Lot 3. ForgeFX Simulations will also be hosting a single-player version of the JLG VR equipment training simulator. If you only have time to try out one demo at CONEXPO this year, be sure to make it the JLG Immersive Training Simulator — it's sure to be a hit!
https://www.jlg.com/en/conexpo-2017/at-the-show

JLG Industries, VR Immersive Training Simulator


Global Ground Support, Aircraft Deicing Training Simulation

The Global Ground Support Aircraft Deicing Training Simulation is a networked multi-user training simulator that supports the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display system. The simulator, which integrates real-world operator controls, takes advantage of hand-tracking technology and in-simulation virtual controls, to deliver a truly mixed-reality experience

VR Training Simulator for Aircraft Deicing

If you're planning on attending ConExpo 2017, please be sure to come by and visit ForgeFX Simulations at Gold Hall Booth #G73420. We are looking forward to demonstrating our latest VR-based training simulators and talking with attendees about the potential uses of VR and simulation-based training.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Thanks for visiting ForgeFX at I/ITSEC 2016

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the ForgeFX Simulations booth at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando earlier this month. We really enjoyed meeting everyone at the show, demonstrating our latest simulation-based trainers, hearing about potential uses for our services, and getting tons of invaluable feedback from the public on simulators.

ForgeFX Simulations - I/ITSEC 2016
ForgeFX demonstrating their latest VR-based training simulators at I/ITSEC 2016
This year's 50th anniversary of I/ITSEC was an blast and ForgeFX was pleased to help celebrate 50 years of innovation in modeling, simulation and training. Thanks to Janet Spruill, I/ITSEC 2016 Conference Chair, and the entire I/ITSEC staff for putting on another fantastic event.

Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)
Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2016
ForgeFX Simulations was proud to be an exhibitor for the 5th year in a row, demonstrating our custom virtual reality training simulators to all of the attendees on the exhibit floor. A special thank you to all of the US Air Force ROTC Juniors who attended our simulation demonstrations and helped us beta test some of our VR-based simulators.

Air Force ROTC Juniors with ForgeFX at I/ITSEC 2016
Air Force ROTC Juniors spending time with ForgeFX Simulations at I/ITSEC 2016
VR-based industrial training simulators at I/ITSEC by ForgeFX
VR-based industrial training simulators at I/ITSEC by ForgeFX
HTC Vive-based room scale VR training simulations
HTC Vive-based room scale VR training simulations

Virtual Reality (VR) Industrial Equipment Training Simulators

The VR-based aircraft deicing simulator that ForgeFX developed for Global Ground Support was a big favorite at the show. Operators were immersed in a fully interactive, virtual 360 degree snowing airport environment, where they have both head tracking and positional tracking capabilities within the virtual world, also known as 6 degrees of freedom. These 6 degrees of freedom allow operators to feel a sense of presence in the virtual world, so they focus on machine control operation as well as the complexities of the job they're training for.

ForgeFX CTO, Adam Kane, demonstrates a VR-based training simulator at I/ITSEC 2016
Coupled with hand-tracking and real-world controller integration, VR training simulators replicate real-world equipment, environments and spatial relations challenges. This combination provides a high-impact training environment. 

Innovation Showcase

ForgeFX Simulations President and Co-Founder, Greg Meyers, presented a talk at the Innovation Showcase pavilion where he discussed using modern game engine technology to produce and deploy VR-based industrial training simulators

ForgeFX VR-Based Training Simulators

ForgeFX featured 2 of their latest VR-based industrial training simulators at I/ITSEC 2016, an aircraft deicing simulator developed for Global Ground Support, and an aerial work platform training simulator developed for JLG Industries.



Thanks again to everyone who made I/ITSEC 2016 a huge success. We're looking forward to speaking with everyone whom we made contact with at this year's show. Please don't hesitate to contact ForgeFX Simulations to discuss custom training solutions for your organization, and we'll see everyone again next year at I/ITSEC 2017!



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ForgeFX Simulations at I/ITSEC 2016

ForgeFX Simulations is excited to be exhibiting at I/ITSEC 2016 next week in Orlando, Florida. I/ITSEC, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, is the world's largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. http://www.iitsec.org/


If you're attending I/ITSEC this year, please stop by and visit ForgeFX Simulations at booth #2807. This year we're featuring a collection of the VR-based training simulators that we've developed, and are excited to demonstrate these simulators to all of the attendees who drop by our booth. 


ForgeFX President, Greg Meyers, will be presenting a session at the Innovation Showcase (booth #2949) on Tuesday 11/29 at 2:30pm. Greg's session, VR-Based Training Simulators, Developed Economically, will focus on the affordable production of VR-based training simulators, how organizations can leverage this technology, and the return on investment which they can expect. 

The ForgeFX team is looking forward to seeing everyone at I/ITSEC this year, demonstrating our latest work, and talking with everyone about training simulation development—we'll see you there!