Navy using Kinect game to address sexual assault

New technology from Organic Motion Inc. will allow US Navy recruits to act out "scripted scenarios" to deal with "sensitive" topics like sexual assault.

A new Kinect-based video game that aims to address sexual assault within the military is in production for the United States Navy, according to a new report at CNS News.

The Naval Supply Systems Command is giving $83,000 to developer Organic Motion Inc. to produce the software, which will allow sailors to act out "scripted scenarios."

The program is called "Avatar Based Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training." Sexual assault in the military has become a hot-button issue of late, with victims reporting difficulty pursuing justice in the military chain of command.

“The system shall allow a subject matter expert to determine the appropriate response to both verbal and non-verbal cues so that the student receives improved feedback regarding their actions,” the contract reads. “It shall also provide the ability to change characters (gender, race) and environments facilitating greater student engagement.”

In a statement sent to CNS News, Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, a commander with the Naval Training Command, said the avatar-based program will "dramatically improve" overall quality of training to instructors and students.

"The pilot [program] is intended to show that avatar technology can help leaders recognize emotional distress and build mentorship and counseling skills when dealing with sensitive topics, like sexual assault," he said. "Because our people are the foundation of our success in the Navy, strong interpersonal skills are fundamental to our profession."

The pilot program will be used at the Navy's boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois over the course of a three-month period.

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320 comments
Fursnake
Fursnake

Kinect: "Show me where he touched you."

Female soldier hesitatingly uses Kinect to point out sexual abuse.

Kinect: "Ohhhhhh-h--h-h-h-h- yeaaaahh-h-h-h-h-h baby, that's hot!"

steelmouth
steelmouth

I  was expecting something cooler given that pics of a boat doing doughnuts

OldKye
OldKye

The Boat is the test if you had said "I came cause I saw a boat going in circles" you would have failed.

Your Doughnuts reference just shows a healthy addiction to sweets.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

if MS and Organic Motion want to make money than this simulator will be translated later into a sex game for general public, That will be strange because then youtube will get so many hits when people will make a walk through of the actual game it will be like XXX :)

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

If you need to teach the people that are working for you that rape is wrong, and hurts the person you're doing it to, I don't think they can be rehabilitated, once a rapist always a rapist, that's not even my own quote, that's from a psychologist. Maybe a lifetime in jail will help them, there they can rape as much as they like, until they become a prison bitch, and have to drag. That's the right way.

halo-freak
halo-freak

Soldiers cant tell right from wrong? that's a bit of a concern.

vadagar1
vadagar1

this topic has made me realize that 

a- I watch way to much XXX stuff

b- when some one mentions navy or military i think about XXX "topics"

c- I'm probably a sex addict 

d- I need therapy :D :P

dpak1170
dpak1170

LOL, this is stupid .....

Simply stupiddd....

God damn stupid....

tunaface
tunaface

lawyer -  "Touch the avatar where he touched you, little Jimmy".

little Jimmy - *waves hand trying to point with the shitty kinect*   "I can't do it!"

lawyer - "Because you're lying, little Jimmy!"

little Jimmy - "NO! I'm not lying! The kinect isn't working!"    *sobbing*

kinect - *streams little Jimmy's crying episode to youtube which causes little Jimmy to start using heroin to help deal with the pain.

The End



And this boys and girls, is the end of civilization as we know it.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@tunaface LOL !!!!!!!!!!!! you made my night mate !!, haven't had a good laugh in agesss

robert83a2
robert83a2

First there was Clinton Fucker...

now there is Kinnect Navy Fucker...

what is next....

I'm scared mommy

innocent69
innocent69

@robert83a2 this Navy "game" is planed as a trilogy. It has the same feature as Mass Effect where your (bad) choices are carried over to the next installment  :)

imnotacrook
imnotacrook

I knew that "someone" was going to be making a X-rated Kinect games, but this was last place I expected them.

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

navy would laugh at the xboxone, navy has technology that would make xboxone look like a damn calculator made in the 1800's, this article i nonsense.

AndrewII
AndrewII

The american government is flat broke and this is what they want me to pay more taxes for this?

chechak7
chechak7

it's matter of time Kinect will use sexual games..spoiling games brain   ...for bad sake 

Revl8n
Revl8n

Glad to see the Navy is taking rape so seriously.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Wow if you need and Xbox to teach soldiers that sexual assault is bad then there is something seriously wrong with the military....