VR and AR: the games people play

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have a growing role in design and development in the defence sector. Professor Bob Stone, of the University of Birmingham, has been a champion of the technology for almost 30 years. Professor Stone's research recently featured in the manufacturer.

The loss of HMS A7, a First World War submarine, cost the lives of 11 crewmembers and the wreck, in 135 feet of water at Whitsand Bay, near Plymouth, has defied all attempts at salvage.

Recently, a team from the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (EESE) was involved in an MoD-approved survey and used 3D software to recreate an image of the doomed vessel, helping to reveal why it settled on the seabed in an unusual, bow-up angle of around 30° and with her stern embedded in more than 20ft of soft clay.