Unity strengthens military ties by powering virtual world

Unity Technologies' 3D development platform Unity is to power a new virtual world to help soldiers to keep in touch with friends and family.

Billed as a "community hub," the Army OneSource Virtual World is set in a virtual army campus split into several areas in which soldiers and their loved ones can interact not only with each other, but with those in similar situations and develop emotional and physical resilience, dubbed Virtual Resiliency.

Unity Technologies' director of simulation and visualisation, Davey Jackson, said: "When I learned the concept of virtual resiliency it completely changed my vision of how Unity can be used to impact the lives of our enlisted personnel.

"[Developer] DefenseWeb has done an amazing job leveraging Unity's web deployment capabilities to make these human moments accessible to anyone, anywhere they can connect to the Army OneSource website."

Unity was awarded the Certificate Of Networthiness by the the US Army in May. Its technology is to be used to enable soldiers to complete training and simulations through web browsers when in the field.