The Chernobyl VR Project is coming to PS VR "in the near future," according to a PlayStation Blog post, sending people into the abandoned area of land around the site of the Chernobyl disaster. SEE ALSO: Watch the weird new trailer for Oculus' first full-length VR movie In 1986, there was a disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, resulting in more than 30 deaths and sending radiation into the air. The area was evacuated and has been largely abandoned by humans ever since.
New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents by tracking eye movements to work out when people are about to make mistakes under high pressure. Eye movements tend to become more erratic and less predictable before someone makes an error, according to research. This futuristic training could help prevent accidents in'safety-critical' industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power. University of Exeter scientist Dr Sam Vine, Exeter-based Cineon Productions and experts from the nuclear industry have created a virtual reality headset (pictured) which could help prevent accidents in'safety-critical' industries Before someone is about to make a mistake their eye movements become more erratic and less predictable. People become more focused on objects that are distracting and irrelevant to the task.
At the moment, there appears to be no human error identification (HEI) techniques developed specifically for use in aviation. Similarly, there appears to be very little research concerning the prediction of pilot error in the cockpit. This paper investigates the potential use of existing HEI methods for predicting pilot error and describes a comparative study of three existing HEI techniques, SHERPA, HAZOP and HEIST when used to predict potential pilot error on an aviation landing task using the'autoland' system. The study aims to demonstrate that existing HEI methods developed for use in highly complex systems, such as nuclear power plants and chemical processing plants, can be used effectively in an aviation context.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released a report detailing the ten "world-changing technologies that are poised to rattle the status quo." Let's see for ourselves what these technologies have to offer. Some developments in the bioplastics industry allow lignin, a component of wood, to be broken down into its simpler components using engineered solvents. With this possible, plastics can then be made from it. Lignin is found in wood waste and agricultural byproducts which otherwise doesn't have any other function.
Digitisation and augmented reality can help prepare employees for many hazards present in oil refineries and offshore platforms and significantly improve safety levels, according to Jean-Pascal Tricoire, the global chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric. Speaking to Arabian Business in a recent interview, Tricoire – whose company is working with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to help digitise its operations – said that over the last five years augmented reality has advanced to the point in which it can help negate the need for potentially dangerous on-site training. "When you send operators to things as complicated as a refinery or an offshore platform, or downstream facilities, you need to train people," he said. "In the old world, which is not digitised, you train people at existing sites, which takes a lot of time. Very often you do training on-site, with people actually at work."