Cognisens concept diagram (via Cognisens)
SOF (Special Operations Forces) soldiers go through some pretty tough unending training to get their bodies into super-athlete condition to be able to handle the missions they’re tasked. However, it’s more of a matter of ‘mind’ than it is physical, as they need to be able to react to the environment around them.
Reconnaissance and FID (Foreign Internal Defense) plays a big part in the community , and that takes quite a bit of intelligence. To keep the mind sharp the SOF community employs a wide range of techniques and tools such as SOCOM’s (US, Special Operations Command) recent implementation of Cognisens NueroTracker. The system was actually designed for professional sports players to increase situational awareness and decreasing response time during game play. To do this Cognisens designed the system as a 3D environment where the participant wears 3D glasses to view 8 targets and has to track 4 designated targets for a period of 8 minutes.
It’s easier said than done as the series of targets increase over the period of sessions. This process becomes harder over time with 8 different gameplay difficulties with ‘Overload’ being the hardest level and ‘Challenger’ mode that pits two players against each other. The company states that just as lifting weights develops increased muscle capacity, NueroTracker ‘re-wires’ the part of the brain uses for memory and increases its performance. SOCOM says that this is the perfect tool in giving commandos the ability to track multiple targets with reduced response time and the ability to predict movement. While it doesn’t seem like the harsh, rigorous, training most operators go through, any tool that improves ability is certainly beneficial.