These simulations are designed to easily install and deploy on any PC based computer. The simulations do not need fancy visualization or interaction technologies. They are designed to the customer’s specifications and will run in a desktop computer using only a screen, a pointing device (a mouse or trackball), and sometimes audio inputs and outputs. The desktop simulator puts all or part of the patient “in the computer”. One can see the patient via animation, drawings, or video. The learner can interact with the patient by asking questions (typing or speaking) or making comments by viewing data from monitors and performing diagnostics actions (typically by making choices with the mouse). They are programmed to react just like each component being taught.
An example of this is the Computer Control Panel on an M1A2 tank. These simulations not only have to look and function like the original panel, they must also react to all the data input into the simulation. The simulation tool identifies correct and incorrect entries as it reacts to the students input.
These simulations are very effective training tools that normally will require limited hands on training during New Equipment Training Events.
All simulations are redesigned utilizing 3D graphics, not digital photography. The clarity and function are the same as looking at the original component. In many cases, they can even be designed to install on the computer systems being trained on. This type of embedded training allows the user instant access to training help when needed.