Tag: Virtual Reality

Apple Shows VR Could Help Fight Motion Sickness & Boredom In Self-driving Cars

When you’re driving a car, you’re invested with a sense of purpose: stay alert, don’t crash, optimize your route for the fastest and most comfortable experience.

But what about when self-driving cars become the norm, and we’re no longer involved in those tasks?

You’ll probably want to catch up on work, or play a game to fight the inevitable boredom—two things Apple thinks will be done in VR in the near future.

A recently published patent from Apple delves into this all-too-likely future, and theorizes that VR will be used to not only fight boredom in the car.

But also mitigate motion sickness by completely supplanting screens such as laptops and smartphones and actively compensating for motion-related sickness.

Motion sickness is typically caused by the disconnect between what a user sees and what they feel, something early VR enthusiasts know all too well.

Many game design techniques can be employed to create exceedingly comfortable VR experiences, such as rendering cockpits, and using similar FOV filters to limit the sensation of movement in your peripheral view.

Although this is the first time we’ve heard these tried-and-true concepts being used outside the realm of objectively fun things like VR-enabled roller coasters and purpose-built motion simulators.

The patent outlines a VR headset system that’s ties into the active controls of a self-driving car that could “provide virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences,” and be “altered to accommodate a passenger upon determining that the passenger is prone to or is exhibiting signs of motion sickness.

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Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality

Augmented reality and virtual reality devices are on the cusp of explosive growth. So what’s the difference between the two, and which will make a bigger impact on our lives?


Virtual Reality at E3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyfiG…

History of Virtual Reality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43mA_…

Microsoft Hololens Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihKUo…

Magic Leap Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmdXJ…

Paraplegics using VR to walk again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb36O…

Boston Children’s Hospital Announce VR Platform To Offer Customized 3D Tours Inside Their Bodies

Boston Children’s Hospital and Klick Health today unveiled the HealthVoyager™ medical education and patient experience platform – a Proof of Concept that uses Virtual Reality (VR) technology to bring patients’ individual medical findings to life in an immersive, 3D environment.

The first iteration of the tool, HealthVoyager™ GI, has been designed for pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) patients and is being used at Boston Children’s as part of a clinical study to validate its effect on patient and family understanding, engagement, and satisfaction.

By integrating into the clinical workflow of endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies, HealthVoyager™ GI will enable Boston Children’s gastroenterologists to custom-configure life-like, 3D anatomical imagery and take pediatric patients with conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis on iPhone-based virtual tours of their GI tract.

Aimed at creating an impactful, engaging, and memorable experience, the platform leverages modern technology to communicate a patient’s personalized conditions and endoscopic findings.

Boston Children’s performs thousands of endoscopic procedures each year. Of the 1.6 million Americans with inflammatory bowel disease, as many as 80,000 of them are children, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

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