On the couch? Your therapist may soon be replaced by a robopsychiatrist Ellie, an AI therapist who thrives deep in the hearts of University of Southern California’s (USC) computers, can treat people with depression and veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. … Continue reading Can robots replace psychiatrists?
Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Help Burn Victims in Seattle, but Could It Be Dangerously Addictive? In 2010, Caleb Springer, then 23, was riding a friend’s scooter in his home state of Alaska. He didn’t realize that the gas … Continue reading Scared of virtual reality
Cambridge is giving cancer the 3D VR treatment It’s always good to hear that scientists are bringing the latest technology to the fight against cancer, but virtual reality doesn’t seem like an obvious addition to the arsenal. Yet it’s VR … Continue reading Maps of tumours
How doctors are prescribing VR to help patients cope with real life The woman enters the supermarket. She grabs a cart and then walks round the aisles to find the goods she needs. Having carefully picked various products, paying close … Continue reading Patients in a CAVE
Scientists can now explore cells in virtual reality After generations of peering into a microscope to examine cells, scientists could simply stroll straight through one. Calling his project the “stuff of science fiction,” director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab … Continue reading Scanning the body
Virtual trauma: could home VR affect PTSD sufferers? Thanks to the rise of mobile virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and the relatively inexpensive but extremely accessible console-powered PlayStation VR, more people than ever have access to virtual … Continue reading How habituation works
Swedish clinics use virtual reality to reduce the sting of shots “Hello, I am here to help you calm down. Here you are completely safe. Nothing bad can or will happen to you.” The voice emanates from nowhere in particular. … Continue reading How to alleviate pain