Monthly Archives: March 2016

People with dementia test-drive virtual reality rehabilitation system used by injured soldiers to help their condition


“Those with dementia in northern England have begun test-driving [a] revolutionary rehabilitation system to help with their condition – throwing them into a futuristic world where they can fight sharks, drive high-speed cars and try downhill skiing.

A specialist brain charity in Salford has installed the contraption – which is called Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment. The CAREN device, the first of its kind to be used by the public in the UK.

The charity, BASIC, says the machine is already helping patients both physically and mentally. The aim is to test the long-term benefits. It is also being used to support stroke victims and people recovering from brain injuries.”

By Dean Kirby for The Independent

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Hospital in the east of England to offer high-tech virtual reality therapy for patients


“Basildon Hospital has enlisted the help of high-tech virtual reality to help patients living with debilitating conditions such as spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s and Multiple scelrosis.

Basildon is one of only three hospitals in the country to offer the VirtualRehab therapy and the first in east of England.

The specially-designed software tracks 25 different joints in the body and is proved to greatly benefit people with a range of head and spinal injuries, as well as those recovering from a stroke.”

By Emma Palmer at Braintree and Witham Times

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Students learn distracted driving dangers with virtual reality (video)


“Some say texting and driving has become an epidemic. One statistic shows that 11 teens die every day because they were texting and driving.

The AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign stopped by University High School [in Spokane, Washington] to change that.

Tygan Sweet is a sophomore at University High. He’s in the process of learning to drive and a simulation Tuesday puts him right in the driver’s seat.”

By Katie Chen at KHQ News

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The incredible future of VR isn’t video games or movies—it’s medicine (video)


“An Argentinian psychologist named Fernando Tarnogol, has created a software platform called Phobos that uses VR to treat extreme fears and anxieties like acrophobia (fear of heights) and arachnophobia (fear of spiders) by mimicking the triggering conditions in a safe, controlled virtual environment.

Tarnogol hopes that in the future, people with a wide range of anxieties and phobias will use VR as a safe, low-cost supplement to traditional exposure therapy.”

Image, text and video by Cara Santa Maria for

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