Most of us will know about Virtual Reality and some of you will have tried the headsets. Whether you bought one, had a go on one of your friend’s headsets or tried it in store! The headsets are all over the consumer market; however all of them are being sold for the same reason: entertainment! Whether it is to watch 360 degree VR videos or to play an immersed game, the headsets all are being positioned on the shelves of stores to do the same. However there are people out there, the round pegs in the square holes if you like, who are taking this technology to the next level.
Taking VR to the next level
In episode 4 of Stories by Onlim we hear from John Francis Leader who is a Psychologist and Cognitive Scientist. He shares how excited he is about immersive technologies being used in the mental health space. Walter Greenleaf, a behavioural neuroscientist can also see the technology being used all over medicine. We also speak to Rick Barazza who provides Creative Strategy and Design Engineering for Microsoft about the Microsoft Hololens. Last but not least, James Corbett, the Managing Director of Simvirtua in Ireland and his upcoming 3D Camp in Dublin.
One particular case is making waves in a very popular topic in mental health at the moment, anxiety. Virtual Reality worlds can put those with anxiety into a virtual world alongside real people, often with similar problems. This helps them to reconnect with worlds they might not have. Also people are discussing the problems and overcoming things together without typing in forums or leaving the house. This can often be a massive step to people with extreme anxiety. There have also been cases where people with broken down confidence have had a VR version of a movie created. They take a movie that they love with their own faces mapped to the main character.
And it doesn’t stop with VR. Augmented Reality is also being used in almost every industry you can think of. Lenses like the Microsoft HoloLens and also Google Glass are incorporating immersive worlds into everyday tasks. They are adding new capabilities every day.
Stories by Onlim #4
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