“Virtual-reality (VR) headsets are now being used in many industries as a way of training people or providing a new way to experience things.
Here are 10 ways virtual-reality technology is being used beyond gaming.”
2. Health care
5. Automotive manufacturing
8. Meditation & Mental Health
By Knvul Sheikh at Live Science
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“The clinical use for VR as therapy has been generating a “rich scientific literature” for the past 20 years, according to Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.
“Finally, the technology has caught up with the vision in this area, and I expect it to really take off in the next year,” Rizzo tells Tech Insider.
“It has not been the theory or research that has held back clinical VR, rather the availability, adoption and costs that have limited its widespread use.”
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Read more: http://www.techinsider.io/how-virtual-reality-is-used-for-ptsd-and-anxiety-therapy-2016-1
“Doctors say immersing patients in simulated situations helps them confront their worst fears.
Virtual-reality headsets have long been thought of as the ultimate gaming accessory. Now, therapists increasingly are embracing them as an effective therapeutic tool.
The use of immersive virtual reality in mental-health treatment—placing patients in various simulated situations designed to help them deal with their difficulties—has been booming over the past two decades.
“Virtual reality offers the promise of a fundamentally new way to treat certain psychiatric disorders,” says Elias Aboujaoude, a Stanford University psychiatrist.”
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By AMY WESTERVELT at The Wall Street Journal.
Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/virtual-reality-as-a-therapy-tool-1443260202