The US Air Force (USAF) filed a trademark on 14 April with the US Patent and Trademark Office, media reports have revealed this week.
Citing a tweet from Mike Kondoudis, USPTO Trademark Attorney, reports found the USAF aimed to patent a SPACEVERSE for training personnel and staff in extended reality (XR).
The United States Air Force has filed a trademark application for SPACEVERSE for a metaverse that
1⃣ converges terrestrial and space physical and digital realities
2⃣provides extended-reality training, testing, and operations environments#Metaverse #Web3 #USAF #Space pic.twitter.com/OVkcnKvX6M
— Mike Kondoudis (@KondoudisLaw) April 19, 2022
According to the tweet, the Spaceverse would become,
“a secure digital metaverse that converges terrestrial and space physical and digital realities and provides synthetic and simulated extended-reality (XR) training, testing, and operations environments”
XR Meets US Armed Forces
The major development comes amid a massive push for XR solutions for the military branch, which will allow the US Department of Defense (US DoD) to streamline operations, boost operational efficacy, and reduce training costs, among other benefits.
The USAF is currently trialling its ongoing Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) headset for the US Army, namely to correct several performance-related concerns linked to the Microsoft HoloLens 2-based solution’s combat readiness ahead of its anticipated release date later this year.
Defence simulation and training firm SimiGon stated in October last year it had inked a deal to provide the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with virtual reality (VR) training simulators.
The solution aimed to track performance analytics for air candidates and “automate reports for the recruiting command,” the company said at the time.
InVeris Training Solutions (IVTS) also bought out VR training firm Survivr, who designs training solutions for military and law enforcement staff.
Other XR enterprises such as BISim, King Crow Studios, Taqtile, and many others have joined the US Army, Air Force, and other divisions to train the next generation of soldiers with immersive solutions.