Sixense Entertainment is working on a wireless, motion-tracking platform for virtual reality called the STEM system. In a video recently uploaded to YouTube, Sixense displays the technology’s startlingly good imitation of a shooting range in someone’s living room. Although the STEM system is designed primarily for video games, it may not be a huge leap for the technology to be used for firearms training as well. In fact, the technology’s full-body motion tracking—four limbs and head—may yield potential for a number of training purposes, such as archery, darts, or even fencing. Unsurprisingly, one of the first things that the developers worked on was a lightsaber program.
We just wish the demonstrator would stop looking down the gun’s barrel. It may be virtual, but some things should never work their way into your muscle memory.