South­star shows off vir­tual har­vest­ing

New Zealand Logger - - Safety Summit -

SOUTH­STAR HAS CRE­ATED A VIR­TUAL world where its har­vest­ing and pro­cess­ing heads can be seen in ac­tion with­out the need to go into a for­est.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing the Forestry Safety & Tech­nol­ogy 2018 con­fer­ence in Ro­torua last month were able to try the ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles.

South­star Equip­ment Engi­neer­ing Man­ager, Jeremy Disher, says those who tried it were “amazed at how close they were to the ac­tion and were able to look in all di­rec­tions and see ev­ery as­pect of the op­er­a­tion.

“It lets them look closer than any­thing that would be pos­si­ble in real life,” he says.

South­Star is cur­rently in talks with a tech­nol­ogy com­pany to in­cor­po­rate the VR ex­pe­ri­ence into a sim­u­la­tor to be­come a train­ing tool in the fu­ture.


Vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles al­low the wearer to get very close to a pro­cess­ing or har­vest­ing head in ac­tion.

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