“A new project in Australia is bringing together video game technology with gesture recognition and some other components to create a virtual reality interactive environment for dementia patients and their caretakers. The project is still in the development stage, and is looking for crowdsourced funds, but the video below shows off the current prototype that will eventually include a 10 m x 10 m projection screen, a touch display, and special lighting.”
(From BioHealth Innovation)
Read more: http://www.biohealthinnovation.org/index.php/bhi-news-articles/3111-virtual-reality-forest-project-creates-novel-environment-for-dementia-patients-caretakers-video
“At the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, they are helping treat soldiers with virtual reality simulations.
You strap it to your head and that puts you inside a first-person shooter video game,” says Mitic to Kevin Newman Live. He is the same soldier who made it to the finals of The Amazing Race Canada. He is a double amputee after stepping on a landmine, but doesn’t have PTSD. He flew to Los Angeles with Vice Canada to do a documentary with Vice’s tech site Motherboard on new PTSD treatments. “Once you are inside there are sounds and scents. It goes back to immersion therapy or stress inoculation; you are immerged in what caused your trauma. A therapist is there to talk you through it.”
Read more: http://knlive.ctvnews.ca/soldiers-being-cured-of-ptsd-with-new-virtual-reality-treatment-1.1733643
More info: Dr Rizzo – Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California http://ptsdtech.ict.usc.edu