Ohio University Developing AR Apps for Homeland Security

OU creates new digital-technology programs

HOMELAND SECURITY is another area the GRID Lab (Games Research and Immersive Technology) is working on, in a partnership with OS Community College in Toledo, Riggs said.

"We are in the development stage of doing an augmented reality application for them," she said.

The Toledo college has received a grant to build a campus where first responders can be trained for emergencies such as fires, accidents and explosions, Riggs said. People from all over the country will eventually come to the campus for training, she added.

"Some things are either too dangerous or too costly to do in physical reality," she said. The GRID lab will create an augmented reality environment, where people train with a combination of virtual reality and physical reality items.