All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘VR’

VW Introduces VR tool for engineering and logistics collaboration

Hard to tell what is going on behind the scenes – but this more like Second Life and less like FACT or ESP than I think would be a big win for VR adoption.  The tool is described as supporting engineering/logistics collaboration.  As Mike McCauley frequently reminded me focusing on definitions is very helpful.  In this case, the collaboration I …

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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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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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Healthcare Simulation Update

Fast Company provides a helpful and timely snapshot of some key issues in healthcare simulation. Compared to other domains, adoption of simulation has been quite rapid. It’s interesting to note the surgical communities’ interest in lower-cost and more accessible systems than mannequin-based training. enjoy -Joe

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Improvements to HMD for AR/VR

Not much detail in the article on how, but MIT Technology Review describes the effect as ‘…so crisp it looks real.’ What Varjo is doing with this hack is similar to a technique known as foveated rendering, which shows you the highest-resolution images just at the spot where your eye is focused, and lower-resolution images in the periphery of your …

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VR Advertising, and Content Development

The main story here is pretty interesting – Nokia is using virtual reality to pitch their digital health products. But the link to the video describing the content creation process was the really compelling part. Sort version – from story boarding, to lighting to post-processing – even with great equipment and software it’s still complex and labor intensive. -Joe

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Investments in AR/VR in healthcare

University of Nebraska has created a $118M center for augmented reality and virtual reality. The use of holographic simulations is also planned, all with the goal of improving hands-on practice and encouraging active learning. There is even a giant 280-degree curved screen, offering a wrap-around viewing experience. Surgical simulators, “learning walls”, and a variety of headmounted displays are expected to …

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Teaching Chemistry in VR

Virtual Reality Can Teach You Chemistry Possibly useful as a case-study of VR for teaching.  The short description here, I hope and assume, doesn’t capture some larger research emphasis. Immersive experiences in virtual reality can better prepare students for scenarios in real life. SuperChem VR is one example of an app that preps students to work in an actual chemistry …

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