Virtual Reality Therapy for Suicide Prevention Training

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been at the forefront of using virtual reality to help treat patients. However, it’s not just veterans that are benefiting from using VR technology to address mental health issues.Active-duty military personnel, most prominently in the Air Force and Army, are using VR headsets and software to address healing from … Read more

Stanford launches first class taught completely in virtual reality

Communication professor Jeremy Bailenson has formatted his class COMM 166/266: “Virtual People” to take place in virtual reality (VR) after 20 years of teaching the subject and seeing the technology develop. It is the first class set entirely in VR in Stanford’s history. Source: Stanford launches first class taught completely in virtual reality | The … Read more

Augmented reality helps tackle fear of spiders

Researchers from the University of Basel have developed an augmented reality app for smartphones in order to help people reduce their fear of spiders. The app has already shown itself to be effective in a clinical trial, with subjects experiencing less fear of real spiders after completing just a few training units with the app … Read more

NUHS testing AI, AR to help locate hard-to-find veins in some patients, Tech News News & Top Stories

The National University Health System (NUHS) announced on Friday (Dec 3) that a team under it has developed AI software that can be used with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 AR headset to detect a patient’s veins.The process involves a healthcare worker, like a nurse, pasting a sticker on the patient’s arm so that the software can … Read more

Medical use of virtual reality shows promise

Medical providers in the workers compensation sector have successfully reduced their reliance on opioids to help injured workers manage their pain, and some are experimenting with technologies such as virtual reality as an alternative to medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first virtual reality device for treating chronic pain in 2020, but … Read more

Virtual reality training at Lakeland immerses surgical technology students into 3-D operating room

The surgical technology program at Lakeland Community College recently acquired new software intending to give students a feel for what it’s like to work in an operating room. According to the program, PeriopSim and PeriopSimVR use lifelike imagery and gaming technology to immerse students in a 3-D world. The simulation apps work by students donning … Read more

A new study suggests VR could aid research on the brain

That’s according to a team from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. It conducted a study to monitor neural activity when humans are emotionally charged, and trialed a cutting-edge technique to get there: using the immersive power of virtual reality. Participants were given VR glasses that transported them into … Read more

Virtual reality tool to be used in the fight against disease

Science has the technology to measure the activity of every gene within a single individual cell, and just one experiment can generate thousands of cells worth of data. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now revolutionized the way this data is analyzed—by using 3D video gaming technology. The study is published in the journal … Read more