908 Devices’ MX908 Selected by U.S. Army for Augmented Reality Training

908 Devices Inc.  announced the US Army selected its MX908 handheld mass spec device to develop an augmented reality training program for chemical identification.

“We are honored that the MX908 has been selected by the U.S. Army as part of its augmented reality investment,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President of Government at 908 Devices. “Through this program, soldiers are able to train via augmented reality on the MX908 to optimize its use and ensure their safety when coming into contact with unidentified substances. This technology is critical to protect soldiers and provide them with the knowledge and assets they need to increase overall readiness. Further, this program makes it easier and faster to train a large number of soldiers efficiently.” 

The MX908 is utilized around the world by elite responders conducting chemical, explosive, priority drug and HazMat operations, and detects compounds at trace levels with a high level of sensitivity and unparalleled selectivity, giving users actionable intelligence. The MX908 was selected as one of the first chemical detectors for the augmented reality training and will provide chemical detection information ranging from chemical warfare agents and explosives to drugs, including fentanyl. As part of the program, 908 Devices has provided operator training on the MX908 to equip soldiers with the knowledge they need to identify substances quickly and safely including device familiarization, sampling, and maintenance. 

908 Devices has developed this capability for the U.S. Army in conjunction with MRIGlobal and ForgeFX Simulations. “ForgeFX Simulations is thrilled to partner with 908 Devices to create this augmented reality training simulator for their MX908 mass spectrometer,” said Greg Meyers, CEO and co-founder of ForgeFX Simulations. “Delivering a holographically projected, interactive virtual version of their product that includes training lessons designed by subject-matter experts ensures that responders receive the highest level of training available. In addition, the application supports networked multiuser connectivity, allowing trainers and trainees to collaborate in real-time, regardless of their individual physical locations—a real game-changer when it comes to providing mission critical training.” 

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