Examples of how VR is making a positive impact on our world

OSSO VR, in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons are creating the next generation of surgical simulation

Art created in virtual reality is coming to the Royal Academy

3D-printed artwork created using the HTC Vive virtual reality headset is to go on display at the Royal Academy of Arts early next year.

Art created in virtual reality is coming to the Royal Academy

Using VR software – including Google’s painting app Tilt Brush – artists will create works of virtual art, before physical versions of some aspects are 3D-printed to appear as part of a display at the Academy, where visitors will be able to study the creations in both physical and virtual form for the project, called Virtually Real.

Read more: http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/tech-news/art-created-in-virtual-reality-is-coming-to-the-royal-academy-11364109669284

Virtual reality used in Sheffield Hallam prosthetic limb exhibition

Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have developed the technology to help amputees learn to use new prosthetic limbs.

The Body and Mind exhibition enables visitors to visit a virtual kitchen to see how amputees use everyday objects.

The exhibition is part of a Virtual Reality Prosthetics team project, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-37761022

Kevin Everson, a lower arm amputee

Hands on training for handling Active Shooter scenarios

Human Condition Safety, with thoughtful consulting from members of the FBI, Navy Seals, and NYPD, has created SurviVR, to train and enhance our responses to these deadly situations.  This VR program emulates scenarios where a user faces an active shooter.

Read more:  http://www.survivrtraining.com/

Virtual reality making construction sites safer

Virtual reality making construction sites safer

Bochum-based researchers are aiming to make construction sites safer with interactive virtual reality training courses. The team led by Prof Dr Markus König from the Institute for Computation in Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing suitable technology to make it possible to experience sources of danger virtually.

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2016-10-virtual-reality-sites-safer.html

Sarasota Startup Turns Human Body Into Virtual Playground

BioLucid, a Sarasota based software startup recently announced the launch of YOU, an interactive suite of medical-visualization software that aims to change the way we learn about and interact with the human body.

It’s a cross device platform that is available on tablets and personal computers, while YOU VR offers a completely immersive environment through which you can explore the human body.

This video gives you a behind the scenes look at the cutting edge technology that is being built right here in Sarasota.

Virtual reality program in development to help chemists at NAU

Northern Arizona University students, interns and professors are working to develop a virtual reality program that will allow chemistry professors to make more engaging atomic models.

The program will allow users to create and build different elements with various elements at the atomic level. The aim is to eventually replace the traditional physical models used in many chemistry classes today.

Read more: http://www.12news.com/news/local/arizona/virtual-reality-program-in-development-to-help-chemists-at-nau/321733322

How Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment

It’s difficult to appreciate just how remarkable VR is until you’ve tried it. Although you know what you’re seeing isn’t real, your mind and body behave as if it were. It’s an extraordinary experience. But VR’s ability to “con” our brain means that it isn’t simply the next big thing in gaming: it may prove to be an extremely effective device for psychological therapy.

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/know-your-mind/201605/how-virtual-reality-could-transform-mental-health-treatment

 Daniel Freeman/OCAP University of Oxford


Virtual reality helping U of S students and surgeons analyze the brain like never before

It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, being able to walk inside the brain and explore. But it’s reality for Dr. Ivar Mendez’s team at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) who have developed a virtual reality (VR) brain.

“We created this 3D brain where the surgeon can enter the brain, look at a brain tumor, can see the relationship of the brain tumor with other brain structures and potentially plan a surgical procedure,” Dr. Mendez, U of S surgery department head, said.

Read more: http://globalnews.ca/news/3175375/virtual-reality-helping-u-of-s-students-and-surgeons-analyze-the-brain-like-never-before/

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