ECS Serious Games Show Case Award

December 13, 2022: Orlando, FLAdvanced Haptics Burn Care: Escharotomy developed by Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) was selected as the Best Extended Reality (XR) Game by the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) on December 1.

Mick Golson, ECS president says: “We’re honored to be selected by the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge and proud to work with HaptX and the Mayo Clinic to develop this training system for burn care treatment. This type of innovative work delivers enhanced training to our Warfighters and to the broader medical community.”

ECS was awarded this project as a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project with the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The scope included designing and developing haptics-based virtual reality (VR) training systems to train hands-on medical procedures to novice trainees with limited medical experience to support the U.S. Army’s Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC) with potential expansion to the broader medical community. ECS coordinated a usability study with medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL to capture feedback on the technology and training approach based on a prototype training scenario. By collaborating with HaptX and Mayo Clinic, this type of innovative work advances high-fidelity VR integration by blending state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions to deliver enhanced training to Warfighters and to the broader medical community.

SGS&C is the premier venue for recognition of excellence in the field of Serious Games development. Awards are announced annually during I/ITSEC.