Military & Robotics

Presented by Lockheed Martin


Ever wanted to know how those pilots land on an aircraft carrier? At Otronicon, you’ll see firsthand.

Experience state of the art military and government simulators not normally seen by the public. These are the actual tools professionals in these fields use to train with. Feel the rush pilots feel as they’re soaring at hundreds of miles per hour.

And for the daredevil in you, our larger-than-life racing simulators will have you feeling like you’re ready for the circuit! The modeling and simulation industry is quickly becoming one of the most important to Central Florida and these simulators will give you an up-close look.

Experience how video game technology is being used to create better pilots, drivers, soldiers, doctors and more through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge simulators that before now have rarely been available to the public.


    Saturday only, Lockheed Martin will showcase the HULC suit, an exoskeleton that helps dismounted warfighters carry heavy combat loads!

    The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 pounds for extended periods of time and over all terrains, which eases the stress on the warfighters’ bodies and reduces the risk of injury. Its flexible design allows for deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting which preserves combat flexibility and enables rapid movement.

    At Otronicon, check out this amazing technology as well as simulators in the Military and Robotics exhibit presented by Lockheed Martin!


    Most people would say transforming your car into an interactive driving simulator is a bit extreme. Thankfully for Otronimaniacs, Ron Handy of PHENIX Design Group is not like most people.

    Ron has been involved with Otronicon since the very first event in 2006. Ever year, Ron has driven his own Scion car into the building and swapped out the front seat for a motion simulator chair. The result is a driving simulation like no other, in which you race among simulated competitors in a six-minute experience.

    Ron also showcases his Google Earth exhibit that utilizes a Liquid Galaxy three-screen display and six-axis navigator control, immersing you anywhere in the world.

    Then there’s the HotSeat Flight Simulator, allowing guests to experience the thrill of flying a high performance aircraft.


    Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?

    For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.

    What kids do understand is technology. 

    When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.

    It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.



    One of this year’s best-selling video games could reshape military warfare.

    "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" was released on November 13, 2012 and reached sales of $500 million in the first 24 hours and $1 billion 15 days after that. The story centers on a fictional Cold War between the United States and China in 2025.

    While the game owes a majority of its inspiration from real military weapons and prototype technology, defense experts have taken note of how some technologies used within the game could someday serve as a guide for real-world technologies.


    Virtusphere consists of a 10-foot hollow sphere, which is placed on a special platform that allows the sphere to rotate freely in any direction according to the user’s steps. Wearing a wireless, head-mounted display the user is able to walk and run being immersed into virtual environment.

    Virtusphere is a simulation platform for safely training practical skills of user’s preparing for dangerous environments. The system provides infinite space for the most immersive experience.  Applications for Virtusphere include but are not limited to: Locomotion simulation training for military, law enforcement, fire safety, and counter terrorism. The movement by the user is replicated within the virtual environment. The same hardware set can be used for different applications by changing only the software applications.



    Here's a Fox News report from Binghamton, New York that describes it.


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