PSCR Opens Public-Safety Heads-Up Display Prize Challenge
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 | Comments

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program opened the first stage of a virtual reality (VR) prize competition to create a concept for a heads-up display (HUD) with unimpeded visual aids. The result of the First Responder VR HUD Navigation Challenge will support the public-safety community and its stakeholders.

Contestants will showcase VR skills and create a solution that helps advance user interface (UI) technology through research, the challenge.gov website said. UI is “the means by which a user and a technology system interact; including how users input, access and navigate data and communications through the technology.”

“Historically, UI design has been broad and rarely targeted for public safety; however, it’s critical that first responders complete their tasks efficiently and effectively with minimum impediment,” the website said.

PSCR is hosting the four-stage challenge, with prize awards up to $125,000 for the top seven designs. In addition to the cash prize, finalists will have speaking engagements, networking opportunities and paid travel to the 2018 PSCR Stakeholder conference in June.

The stage one winning ideas will be eligible for remaining stages of the competition. Contestants must enter by Jan. 26.

Following stage one, stage two runs Feb. 5 through March 9 and includes a working concept and HUD prototype. Stage three will bring HUD prototype testing and evaluation in a first found from March 19 through May 11. The final round of testing and evaluation will run June 4 – 9.

More information is here.

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