We had a thoroughly enjoyable week attending the 2015 SimTecT conference in Adelaide last week. SimTect is an annual conference for the simulation industry in the Asia Pacific covering simulation across a variety of industries from defence to education and health.
With generous support from the South Australian Department of State Development we ran a trade stand demonstrating our range of virtual reality training simulators and virtual reality experiences. The response we received was very exciting ranging from people who just wanted to play with VR for the first time to people interesting in developing new VR based training and simulation applications. We were pleased with the genuine level of interest in VR as a useful workplace and training tool.
We demonstrated several of our training and VR experience programs over the three days of the conference and had great feedback from everyone who tried them. It was really great to see people’s reactions especially those who hadn’t using a VR device before. One user simply sat there shouting (not realising how loud he was talking with the headphones on) how awesome it was. It is always a good feeling to see people enjoying a bit of software you’ve created.
We also displayed our International Space Station Cupola Experience (see more here) in which you sit at 400km above the Earth inside the space station just watching the world goes by. We were very pleased when the Hon. Kyam Maher Minister for Innovation and Manufacturing jumped in for a ride while the station was above Adelaide.
What we found most useful from the conference was the genuine level of interest in VR and more importantly how people were able to see real benefit in using the technology in applications such as training, education and simulation. It has been a long held belief here at Novus that the success of VR in the coming years is going to be driven by quality applications across many sectors. If people like and want to keep using VR than developers like us will keep making it.
The Hon. Kyam Maher riding the International Space Station on the Novus Res ISS VR Experience.