‘Starlight is a well-known charity organization with the mission to create “moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families” through a variety of initiatives [which] include bringing the magic of virtual reality to the hospital.
Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight in an interview with UploadVR [said] “We see children getting immersed in VR during painful medical procedures and the immersive distraction therapy lessens the need for heavy painkillers and anesthesia. VR can even take the place of pain killers in some cases.”
“Just because you’re in the hospital doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to experience the wonder and magic of child life,” says Helfrich.
By David Jagneaux at UploadVR
Image & video by Starlight
Read more: https://uploadvr.com/starlight-vr-replace-pain-medication-children/
“For kids with sensory challenges like autism, everyday experiences like popping down to the supermarket, crossing the road or swimming in the sea can be absolutely terrifying.
But one Christchurch school has introduced something to try and bridge this gap.
With help from electronics giant Samsung, Allenvale School got hold of some virtual reality goggles.
And they’re proving a much needed portal for 10-year-old Kingston Friggin to enjoy school, where he once hated it.”
By Seven Sharp at TV New Zealand
Read more: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/virtual-reality-technology-helping-kids-sensory-challenges-like-autism-v1
Image: Marino Campus
“Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a pioneer in virtual technology. His newest program is the the Virtual Interactive Training Agent, or VITA.
It was developed by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, in partnership with the Dan Marino Foundation. The interactive aims to help people [with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities] navigate a job interview.
For people on the autism spectrum, Rizzo says, job interviews can be particularly daunting. VITA helps people practice questions with a virtual interviewer.”
by Jenny Ament at Marketplace
Read more: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/land-job-help-virtual-reality
Virtual Interactive Training Agent (VITA) project at USC Institute for Creative Technologies: http://ict.usc.edu/prototypes/vita/
Image: Cubical Ninjas
“Hospitals can be intimidating and stressful places. But imagine instead of sitting in a waiting room, you’re on vacation at an exotic beach. Instead of focusing on post-surgery pain, your mind takes you to a lush forest in the soothing rain.
That’s what Glen Ellyn, IL-based Cubicle Ninjas wants you to do with Guided Meditation VR, a virtual reality app for the Oculus Rift. It’s exhibiting the technology this week in Chicago at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Using an Oculus Rift, patients can choose from VR locations including a beach, forest, canyon, or ancient Japanese dojo to help improve their overall wellbeing. Cubicle Ninjas, a creative design agency, says hospitals can use virtual reality to reduce stress and anxiety before procedures, reduce pain after surgery, and make an extended stay in the hospital more exciting.”
By Jim Dallke at ChicagoInno
Read more: http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2015/04/13/oculus-rift-vr-app-from-cubical-ninja-helps-patient-medical-care/