The Defense Department’s research arm wants gamer-developed mobile applications to help train medical first responders, NextGov reports.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to look to the gaming industry for mobile apps that could be used for both medical and scientific training and courses.
According to the solicitation, DAPRA wants U.S. Navy medics and paramedics to use the game.
Instead of a standard computer-based learning systems, the agency said it seeks a game-based interactive system that will challenge and engage users.
Underlying the early solicitation notice is the Pentagon’s overarching challenge to game system developers to create tools and systems applicable to education and real-world situations, the report notes.
The first responder game app solicitation will open May 24 and DARPA will accept proposals through June 27.
Additionally, the agency is seeking partner organizations to research and develop nanotechnology that imitates human sensing functions.