Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2017’

Apple buys eye tracking company

The article discusses foveated rendering – useful for saving computation cycles and battery life of mobile devices. Joe

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Job-Skills Gap Update

At this year’s MOVES Summit, I mentioned the growing job-skills gap and potential impact on DoD and VA. The most recent statistics indicate that healthcare is disproportionately affected. Of the record 6 million job openings, 1 million are in healthcare. Thus, there will likely be continued demand for modeling and simulation programs that improve training, education and quality of healthcare …

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VA using DoD simulation for PTSD treatment

Interesting development… Victoria Brahm: Tomah VA embraces improvement for vets | Columnists | lacrossetribune.com Please help me spread the word about post-traumatic stress disease and effective treatments. We recently created a first-of-its-kind partnership with Fort McCoy making its training simulator facilities (engagement skills trainer, reconfigurable vehicle tactical trainer, dismounted soldier training system and medical simulation training system) available for our …

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HRTF and 3D audio environments.

Researchers use head related transfer functions to personalize audio in mixed and virtual reality Spatialized sound was investigated in a few theses and at least one dissertation within MOVES.  Russ Storm’s dissertation looked at the combined effect of improved visual and auditory rendering in 1998.  The study mentions using current scanning methods to create a data base of 350 users’ head-related …

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Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents

*S&T News Release: Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Now Available to First Responders [ https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/06/26/news-release-virtual-training-active-shooter-incidents-now ]* *WASHINGTON* First responders of all disciplines will now be able to train together for active shooter and other critical incidents thanks to a new virtual training platform made available by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the …

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Mobile simulation for rural providers

More from the University of Nebraska. They now have 4 trucks that provide a mobile simulation facility for rural healthcare providers. I hope this augments in-situ simulation capabilities. Emergency room sections of each truck allow doctors and nurses to train with the same equipment found in a hospital emergency room. Training mannequins have pulses, blood pressures and even secretions such …

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Drone-delivered defibrillators

Particularly promising for rural areas where first responders may take considerably longer than a drone. A Canadian study examined historical data on 53,702 cardiac arrests over 10,367 square miles of rural and urban regions surrounding Toronto to see if drones armed with defibrillators could be deployed to those patients faster than an ambulance. What sort of capabilities would be helpful …

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Use cases for VR in healthcare

From MobiHealthNews 1. Surgical Training 2. Pain Management 3. Patient Education 4. Clinical Education 5. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation 6. PTSD 7. Conversion Disorder Treatment (Conversion disorder, also known as functional neurological symptom disorder, is a condition wherein mental or emotional stresses are converted into physical symptoms.) 8. Smoking Cessation 9. Dealing with Fear 10. Concussion Assessment 11. Aging in …

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YouTube moves toward VR

Great summary from Wired. Of course, VR180 does not in any way qualify as virtual reality. Rather, the format renders 180-degree video in stereoscopic 3-D. The picture appears wider than your field of view (about 135 degrees) so you must move your head slightly to take in the whole scene. Stereoscopy provides a remarkable sense of depth and size, but …

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New VR display addresses eye fatigue

From Science Daily. While traditional displays generate vergence – convergence conflict, the newly developed systems provides depth cues that avoid this problem. The gist of the technology developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: The key component for the new system is a spatial multiplexing unit that axially shifts sub-panel images to the designated depths while laterally shifting the …

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