Orlando’s Talon Simulations lands grant from video game giant Epic Games for VR

An Orlando VR company has landed part of a grant from one of the video game industry’s biggest firms.

Talon Simulations announced this week a partnership with haptic glove manufacturer BeBop Sensors on a grant from Epic Games.

Epic developed the megahit video game Fortnite, as well as the Unreal game engine.

The grant will help the firms develop a full-motion virtual reality trainer for both military and commercial aviation.

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The haptic component will heighten the sense of realism.

“Static flight simulators are fatiguing for students over time as they become disconnected from what their eyes are seeing in VR but not feeling in their inner ear,” Talon CEO Brandon Naids said in a release.

Working with haptics to enhance motion cues will mean those who are training can immerse themselves longer in the simulation, Naids said.

The grant will allow the companies to co-develop editors for the Unreal Engine. The goal is to make it easier for developers to incorporate haptic gloves and motion.

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Epic Games committed $100 million to its grant fund. Because of that, more companies will be able to create in the space.

The program encourages advances in creative and noteworthy projects that use the Unreal Engine.

The grants range from $5,000 to $500,000.

Haptics technology stimulates touch, which reproduces real-world sensations in virtual settings.

A second Orlando company, Cyber Dream, will develop the content.


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