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This NoVA-born VR app was on display at the recent MD5 hackathon in Brooklyn

Crystal Hull allows soldiers in armored vehicles to see a 360-degree view of their surroundings.

At the MD5 Hackathon.

(Photo via Twitter user @justidme)

What if soldiers in armored vehicles had the capacity, through virtual reality, to see their surroundings before getting out of the vehicle? That could limit the number of surprise encounters soldiers have — and save lives.

This is also the primary use case imagined for Crystal Hull, a VR interface that was on display at the recent MD5 hackathon in Brooklyn. Adrian Porter, the CFO of Falls Church, Va.-based eucleo, the company that developed Crystal Hull, was on hand at the hackathon to give participants and viewers a look at the technology.
Check out the 360-degree view from the DARPA-funded project here:

And now the question we’ve all been wondering — what’s MD5? And what were they doing in Brooklyn?
As our sister site Technical.ly Brooklyn helpfully explains, MD5 is a Department of Defense initiative to “connect the Department of Defense with universities and outside technologists to speed up the development of technologies that address national security.”
The initiative is being billed as an accelerator in some places, but in reality its more of a matching system between technologists and government contracts. Read on for more on MD5, and the winners of the recent hackathon, in Technical.ly Brooklyn.

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