Virtual-reality system for the elderly wins health care prize

Virtual-reality system for the elderly wins health care prize

Virtual reality is quickly gaining steam in the gaming industry. But an MIT startup is now aiming the technology at a different demographic, putting it to use as a health care tool for the elderly. At last night’s MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize pitch competition, Rendever earned the $25,000 grand prize for creating a virtual-reality platform that gives residents in assisted-living facilities the chance to explore the world virtually. The platform also provides cognitive therapy and tracks movement data to aid in early diagnosis of dementia. “We’re using virtual reality to improve the way we age, so you don’t […]

The brain of a HERO: Virtual reality test reveals what makes some people risk their lives to save others

The brain of a HERO: Virtual reality test reveals what makes some people risk their lives to save others

Would you stop to help an injured stranger from a fire, even though it could mean risking your own life? That’s the scenario a team of researchers recreated in a virtual reality simulation, set up to test what is happening in our brains when choose to be selfless. And their results show that physical differences exist in the brains of people who ‘do the right thing’. Scroll down for videos Researchers from the International School for Advanced Studies immersed participants in a virtual reality building fire. They were asked whether they wanted to save their own lives by escaping […]

Buzz Aldrin explains his new virtual-reality Mars experience

Buzz Aldrin explains his new virtual-reality Mars experience

Pinterest Buzz Aldrin has the distinct honor of being one of only 12 men who have ever walked on the moon. All these years later, he’s still got big plans. Aldrin wants NASA and modern space programs to build on his past achievements and take them further, all the way to Mars. But in Aldrin’s vision, humans won’t just walk on Mars or plant a flag there; they’ll build an entire, self-sustaining colony. This vision is fully laid out in Aldrin’s new virtual-reality experience for Life VR , Buzz Aldrin’s Cycling Pathways to Mars , which premiered at South […]

Psychologists using virtual reality to help treat PTSD in veterans

Psychologists using virtual reality to help treat PTSD in veterans

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Virtual reality is no longer reserved for entertainment and gamers, its helping solve real-world problems. Some of the latest advancements are being demonstrated at South by Southwest. Dr. Skip Rizzo directs the Medical Virtual Reality Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He’s helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He’s up teamed with Dell to develop and spread the technology to more people. “This is a trauma-based methodology where basically you’re asking the patient to go back and confront and process the difficult emotional memories that surround the trauma,” […]

Apple could bring its own VR to future iPhones with this connected headset design

Apple could bring its own VR to future iPhones with this connected headset design

Apple might be working on its own VR rig, like this design from Alcatel. Will we ever be able to have Apple-designed virtual reality adventures using our iPhones? The tech giant’s approach to VR has been cautious and quiet compared to peers like Google and Samsung , which are diving headlong into the development of practical consumer platforms. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t contemplating how it might someday dominate the space when the time is right. The company today was granted a new patent for a remote controlled head-mounted display system to house an iPhone. The language of […]

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