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SPRING 2018

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19 Association of the United States Navy the lab's military advisor. e video was delivered to the iLab, where Sailors actually had the chance to see it, react and think of ways drone flights could help them as well. "e goal now is to have a way for Sailors at the deck-plate level, as close as possible to the submariners here in port — a funnel to facilitate ideas and make them a reality," Keithley said. "We want to get to the point where ideas can be tested out, to see if they're viable." e lab itself includes several virtual displays, including an undersea map and a three-dimensional hands-on display that allows visitors to try their hands at equipment maintenance. Another system allows visi- tors to place themselves in spaces on any ship, aircra or submarine in the Navy's inventory. Since its inception, and as Sailors came up with new ideas, the lab now is working on roughly a dozen different projects involving all the virtual-reality tools, UAVs and a three-dimensional printer. If and when any such projects prove worthy, the lab sends them off to the appropriate agency for further development. e Navy envisions a day when shipboard 3D printers will be able to produce parts onboard, thus economizing the space needed for storage. "We have a unique position at SUBPAC [Subma- rine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet] because we are close to the waterfront and Sailors. We can get ideas, then go right back to them and say, 'Is this what you're talking about?' en we can go right out to a boat, or to sea, and test something in a small boat," Keithley said. Duty at the lab amounts to a part-time job for Keithley and his colleagues there. All have other permanent assignments. ey nevertheless devote as much time as they can, keeping Sailors interested in the lab and involved in its progress. e Sailors and "When they come to iLab, they see a whole bunch of things they didn't know were out there and are available. They match up technology and capability with the problems they already know about." LCDR Chris Keithley Sonar Technician 2nd Class Andrew McFarland, assigned to Trident Training Facility Bangor, Wash., tests the OceanLens, which uses an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to create a 3D immersive environment for visualizing undersea topography, during the Innovation Lab roadshow at the facility April 27, 2017. The iLab, which is located at Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, in Pearl Har- bor, Hawaii, is an initiative launched to spur the rapid development of ideas and concepts to actionable use in submarine warfare.

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