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Road to I/ITSEC 2022: HTX Labs is Removing Barriers to Developing and Accessing XR Content

To celebrate I/ITSEC 2022 taking place next week, Varjo is highlighting some of our partners’ innovative solutions exhibited at the event.

HTX Labs is paving the way for the rapid creation of centralized and sustainable XR training with its immersive learning platform EMPACT, providing organizations with an all-in-one platform for creating, managing, and scaling XR training programs.


Ready to make an EMPACT

Since 2017, Houston-based commercial software company HTX Labs has been on a mission to accelerate the future of learning, delivering end-to-end immersive learning software solutions and experiential training content development services for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The EMPACT® platform by HTX Labs powered by Varjo Reality Cloud provides a centralized place for managing immersive experiences. The name EMPACT stands for Experience Management Platform for Advanced Conditioning and Training. HTX developed the EMPACT platform to modernize training, improve safety, scale, and sustain immersive learning programs to build resilience and readiness of today’s military.

Some of the biggest challenges organizations face in adopting VR and XR into their day-to-day operations include difficulty in developing, accessing, and distributing immersive training content within the organization. The cloud-based EMPACT solution was designed to overcome many of these challenges: not only does EMPACT offer a platform for hosting immersive training experiences, but it also provides low-code training development tools allowing users to create, learn and measure their XR training programs effectively – with added ease of access across the organization.

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Image: HTX Labs

Advancing critical training with Varjo

HTX Labs has been partnering with Varjo since 2018 to offer full-scale, realistic virtual visualizations mixed with real-world environments. Their training platform EMPACT is built on Unreal Engine by Epic Games and it is deployed with the Varjo XR-3 headsets, which were chosen due to their best-in-class capabilities.

“We wanted to build a solution on top of best-in-class technology for software and hardware that would make it easier for customers to adopt XR training,” said Chris Verret CTO, Co-founder of HTX Labs in a VR/XR Airmen training solutions webinar hosted by Varjo. “What that has allowed us to do is to build the most high-fidelity, most accurate environments – and also to do that more rapidly.”

Cloud-based EMPACT is now gaining even more added value from the cloud with the Varjo Reality Cloud soon enabling access to XR training anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Experience EMPACT in action at I/ITSEC 2022

HTX Labs and Varjo will be exhibiting next-generation professional XR at I/ITSEC 2022, the world’s biggest annual training and simulation event. HTX Labs will be in the Varjo booth #3010 demonstrating:

  • the EMPACT Immersive Learning Platform,
  • low/no-code XR development and content creation tools
  • a library of advanced VR assets,
  • and immersive experiences paired with the Varjo XR-3.

Join us at booth #3010 to experience how HTX Labs and Varjo are advancing critical training.



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