Health professionals are finding that virtual reality (VR) technology is an effective alternative to pain medicine and aids in anxiety management for patients. One patient with Crohn’s Disease had difficulty getting an IV, so he was immersed in a peaceful environment with VR that showed him Yellowstone National Park. This helped him calm down and allowed the nurse to find a vein more easily. Another patient had anxiety about her decision to give birth without an epidural, but after using VR at the recommendation of her doctor, her anxiety subsided, and she was thankful for its distraction from the pain.
Lowe’s is giving consumers a better idea of how products will fit into their homes and businesses with virtual reality and augmented reality solutions. The technology runs through the brand’s Innovation Labs, established four years ago to work with new-tech startups and develop pilot projects.
With the release of Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One” — set in the year 2045 where most people spend a majority of their time in a worldwide virtual reality (VR) online game — many people wonder what will VR really look like in the future, and where are we now? VR headsets on the market today show us the fully immersive experiences portrayed in Ready Player One are not far-fetched at all, and Consumer Technology Association research projects that AR/VR eyewear will grow by 25 percent in 2018.
Mozilla has announced that it is developing a browser that works with stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets. The company says Firefox Reality will be open source and that it wants the browser to be able to run on a variety of devices and platforms.
Plex has unveiled Plex VR, which allows users to view virtual reality content in a social VR environment. Plex VR works with Google Daydream and allows users to watch content with up to three friends.