Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect in treatment of phobias in children with autism

Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect in treatment of phobias in children with autism

The Blue Room, developed by specialists at Newcastle University working alongside innovative technology firm Third Eye NeuroTech, allows the team to create a personalised 360 degree environment involving the fear which may debilitate the person with autism in real life.

Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect of treatment for autism phobias

Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect of treatment for autism phobias

Credit: Third Eye NeuroTech and Newcastle University Virtual reality has been shown to help children with autism with nearly 45% remaining free from their fears and phobias six months after treatment.

‘So…What Really Did Happen With Palmer [Luckey]’

‘So…What Really Did Happen With Palmer [Luckey]’

It is my hope, however, that this message and/or the chapter attached finds its way to anyone who might find the details relevant… In fact, I should probably begin by introducing myself: I’m the author of a book called Console Wars (which came out in 2014) and I’ve spent the last few years conducting hundreds of interviews and doing extensive research for a book about Oculus/Facebook (which comes out later this month).

Robots and virtual reality are the future of sex

Robots and virtual reality are the future of sex

Sexuality and stigma A digisexual is someone who sees immersive technologies such as sex robots and virtual reality pornography as integral to their sexual experience, and who feels no need to search for physical intimacy with human partners.

Why I’m Excited for VR in 2019

Why I’m Excited for VR in 2019

With new Oculus Quest demos and some surprises in store, it feels like a good time to take a step back and reflect on where we’ve been and what’s next.

Can epic laser tag save virtual reality from being a total dud?

Can epic laser tag save virtual reality from being a total dud?

I’m playing alongside seven other VR gamers, transformed into a robo-soldier dropped into a virtual universe where, to survive, we have to reach a power source called Sol. In the physical world, you can find us in two teams of four, blue against orange, deployed in a huge empty hall, wearing backpacks full of computing power and sporting VR goggles, headphones and mics.

VR Opens Up New Possibilities For Disabled Musicians

VR Opens Up New Possibilities For Disabled Musicians

The idea was to build on his expertise and adapt and enhance his musical performance skills using VR technologies.” Available now via SteamVR, EXA: The Infinite Instrument allows you to compose, record, and perform original music using custom-built expressive instruments.

Apple to Raise Barrier Against VR, AR Websites

Apple to Raise Barrier Against VR, AR Websites

"It means they're going to have a smaller audience, because their app doesn't work out of the box anymore." From Sensor to Tracker Apple's decision to rein in access to location data on its phones may have been influenced by results of a study researchers at North Carolina State University, Princeton, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northeastern University released in September.

The first dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis has been successfully implanted

The first dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis has been successfully implanted

In a pioneering surgery, titanium implants were placed in the two forearm bones (radius and ulnar), from which electrodes to nerves and muscle were extended to extract signals to control a robotic hand and to provide tactile sensations.

Apple Banishes Facebook Data Reaper From iPhones

Apple Banishes Facebook Data Reaper From iPhones

"Finally," she added, "less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens -- all of them with signed parental consent forms." Spying on Competitors Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users in the 13 to 35 year-old age bracket $20 a month, plus referral fees, to install the Facebook Research app, TechCrunch reported.

Apple Rumored Plotting a Game Subscription Service

Apple Rumored Plotting a Game Subscription Service

It's still unclear what the subscription fee would be or what kinds of games would be offered on the service, noted Cheddar, which bills itself as a "post-cable news, media, and entertainment company." Whatever the fee for the offering, it could be tough for Apple to find an audience for a streaming service, maintained David Cole, an analyst at DFC Intelligence , a market research firm in San Diego.

Scientists Use Yawning To Study Social Presence In VR

Scientists Use Yawning To Study Social Presence In VR

So when studying the psychological effects of being immersed and interacting with others while immersed in virtual reality, researchers at the University of British Columbia decided to use yawning patterns as a benchmark to compare people’s behaviours in real-world, face-to-face interactions as opposed to VR.

Reseachers Built A 40-Plane Multifocal Display With Just One Screen

Reseachers Built A 40-Plane Multifocal Display With Just One Screen

This means that your eyes point (verge) towards the virtual distance to what you’re looking at, but focus (accommodate) to the fixed focal length of the display. Image from Oculus Research One approach to solving this is to build a headset with multiple screens layered, with each at a different focus length.

Get Valve's perspective on the future of brain-computer interfaces at GDC 2019

Get Valve's perspective on the future of brain-computer interfaces at GDC 2019

As part of the GDC 2019 Vision Track, a series of high-profile talks exploring the future of the game industry, Valve principal experimental psychologist Mike Ambinder will present "Brain-Computer Interfaces: One Possible Future for How We Play." While a speculative technology at the present time, advances in Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) research are beginning to shed light on how players may interact with games in the future.

Multicolor holography technology could enable extremely compact 3D displays

Multicolor holography technology could enable extremely compact 3D displays

"Our design offers easier and more flexible integration with a form factor small enough for augmented reality and other displays." Single-step color images The researchers used their new holography method to encode interference patterns for static multicolor holograms of an apple, a flower and a bird.

People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life

People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life

Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new UBC research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life.

REVEAL Releases VR Resources for PlayStation Developers

REVEAL Releases VR Resources for PlayStation Developers

Through their focus on the community aspects of game development, REVEAL are quickly becoming global leaders pioneering the connection between virtual and physical spaces, exploring how interaction with digital narratives creates engaging interactive experiences.

VR's March Towards the Mainstream

VR's March Towards the Mainstream

It turns out it may just be the smartphone-based VR platforms, not the fancy (expensive) stand alone headset models that are blessing virtual reality's "broken road" to mainstream market nirvana.

Facebook is restructuring its augmented-reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch

Facebook is restructuring its augmented-reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch

The employees had already been working on AR tech at the Reality Labs group prior to the move, and the shift indicates Facebook continues to be focused on developing augmented-reality hardware and that its approach is shifting from something experimental and research-driven to a focus on delivering actual commercial products.

Alphabet's Verily gets ECG clearance for Study Watch, signaling bigger health plans

Alphabet's Verily gets ECG clearance for Study Watch, signaling bigger health plans

Following news that it's paying $40 million for Fossil technology, parent company Alphabet announced it's obtained FDA clearance for its electrocardiogram (ECG) wearable, the Study Watch.

Facebook quietly killed its Building 8 skunkworks unit as it reshuffles its cutting-edge experiments and hardware

Facebook quietly killed its Building 8 skunkworks unit as it reshuffles its cutting-edge experiments and hardware

The super-secretive organization was inspired by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and billed itself as a unit dedicated to building "new, category-defining consumer hardware products." In its buzzy heyday, it worked on far-out projects like brain-scanning tech and skin sensors.

Army researchers explore benefits of immersive technology for soldiers

Army researchers explore benefits of immersive technology for soldiers

"Our survey of the existing literature determined that new methods and metrics are essential to ensure that future basic and applied research can efficiently and accurately assess performance differences between immersive technologies and traditional 2-D systems," said Dr. Mark Dennison, research psychologist in ARL's Battlefield Information Processing Branch stationed at ARL West in Playa Vista, California.

Apple, Samsung Buddy Up in Smart TV Deal

Apple, Samsung Buddy Up in Smart TV Deal

The timing of the Samsung and Apple announcement is also interesting, coming less than a week after Apple aired some bad news about its expected first quarter revenues, suggested Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research , a consumer technology advisory firm.

Research fosters communication between smart buildings and people

Replicating similar previous research by the USC team, the results showed that people responded better when Ellie, the virtual human, acted on behalf of the building manager, rather than when she performed as a personification of the building.

AT&T to Switch On 5G in 12 Cities

AT&T to Switch On 5G in 12 Cities

"The rubber is really going to meet the road when the carriers begin offering a retail experience, and customers can buy off-the-shelf 5G services," said Jason Leigh, a senior research analyst for mobility with Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC , a market research company.

Apple, Samsung Buddy Up in Smart TV Deal

Apple, Samsung Buddy Up in Smart TV Deal

"Samsung does not have their own streaming services, and they already offer Netflix, Hulu and others in their TVs, so this makes good business sense for Apple and Samsung," Bajarin said.

University of Washington Researchers Demo Ability to Generate 3D Augmented Reality Content from 2D Images

University of Washington Researchers Demo Ability to Generate 3D Augmented Reality Content from 2D Images

Image by Chung-Yi Weng/ YouTube The team published their results through Cornell University's arXiv service in a paper titled, " Photo Wake-Up: 3D Character Animation from a Single Photo ." Facebook research scientist Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman , also an assistant professor in the Paul G.

Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data

Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data

Automating the Process Amazon Comprehend Medical lets developers identify the key common types of medical information automatically, with high accuracy, and without having to write lots of custom rules.

Creating 3D Animations From A Single Still Image

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new technique for creating 3d cg animation from a single photo. The key technical advance of Photo Wake-Up is creating an animatable 3d model that matches the silhouette of a single photo and handles self-occlusion.

Patients View the Heart and Cancer with New Medical VR Advances

Patients View the Heart and Cancer with New Medical VR Advances

With researchers, surgeons, doctors, and patients sharing scientific and medical information with each other using VR, we can’t help but think that advances in research and treatment for heart and cancer-related issues are going to start picking up steam.

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