A new exhibit is open at the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina.
Making A Mountie was opened Friday. The exhibit gives users the opportunity to experience dorm room inspection through virtual reality.
Melcher Studios in Regina was part of the team involved in bringing this exhibit to fruition.
“It’s an AR (augmented reality) headset, fully wearable. You put on your head,” said President Dwayne Melcher. “You see everything in the room. It portrays any type of hologram that you can actually interact with. With those hologram, we can actually add artificial intelligence, so they can actually talk back with you, interact with you.”
The “person” doing the talkback in the exhibit is a former member of the RCMP, François Desfosses, who was flown out to Regina from Ottawa to have his likeness grabbed for this project.
“We motioned captured a lot of his mannerisms, the way he walked, the way he interacted with the cadets. Then, we basically portrayed that on to a 3D avatar that then interacts with the end user,” noted Melcher.
The exhibit is now open for the public to engage with and Centre spokesman Dan Toppings said this latest initiative is about connecting with a younger demographic and giving them a glimpse into just what RCMP officer training is all about.
“They have no idea what training is all about and how rigorous the training it is and how regimented it is,” said Toppings. “So when the cadets come here for 26 weeks, it’s not like going to summer camp, they’re here working hard from six in the morning to eleven o’clock at night.”