These men and women want to use new virtual technologies to help navigate a ship, fire weapons, conduct maintenance, assess data, train, assist operations and command and control--in other words--everything is on the table for the BEMR project to explore.
"The BEMR Lab is a constellation of technologies in augmented and virtual reality," said Karl Van Orden, a senior technologist and one of the big brains behind BEMR.
BEMR Lab folks understand the ubiquitous video game culture that many young adults are immersed in.
It's the term the BEMR Lab team calls the merging of virtual reality and augmented reality.
So the BEMR Lab team, and its partners at SSC Pacific and ONR, are not only trying to imagine a destination--they're drawing a whole new road map to a destination unknown.
To date, much of the BEMR Lab technology unashamedly leans on those goggles--because why reinvent the wheel, when all you really need to do is put the new wheel on your vehicle?
"I was looking for what technology area to focus on the rest of my life," said Arne Odland, chief technologist at the BEMR Lab.
At the BEMR Lab, one of the cool simulation programs lets you put on high-resolution virtual reality goggles and experience what it is like to be on a ship's bridge--you walk around, see the controls, sensors, navigation plots, and are immersed in the shipboard environment.
Members of the BEMR team recently traveled to USS Gerald R.
The technology behind the BEMR Lab replicates scenarios and places so Sailors can gain a real-world understanding of how to repair equipment or familiarize themselves with a new ship.
Here's what Heidi Buck, head of the BEMR Lab, sees as the project's significant contribution.
"What we're looking at in the BEMR Lab is how this technology can be used to support training, operations and maintenance," Buck explains.