Microsoft Developing Virtual Reality for Disaster Response

Microsoft has released a video showing how the company is tapping into the virtual world to better prepare people for floods, earthquakes and other calamities.

The video shows how Microsoft Research is constructing whole buildings in virtual reality, so that people can learn how to respond to disasters within specific situations.

Microsoft have used a robot with laser range sensors and a 4k camera to re-create the interiors of real-life buildings, before creating disaster situations using the objects. The end result is a real-life simulation that could be used by disaster-recovery agencies as preparedness training, without risking safety.

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