Oculus deploys medical training modules in 11 hospital institutions

Oculus is being more aggressive in the medical training field. The virtual reality specialist revealed on the 29th of August that they will deploy new VR training solutions in 11 health institutions in the US.

The announcement follows Oculus’ partnership in 2017 with the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (CHLA) to train medical students to respond to vital pediatric emergencies.

A SUCCESSFUL VENTURE IN 2017

A 6-month pilot study was conducted last year around a simulation created by the start-ups AiSolve and BioflightVR to validate the effectiveness of this type of learning.

It was such a success that the hospital now requires all of its clinicians or assistants to undergo this training, and it is available as an option for all students.

DEPLOYMENT OF THE PROGRAM

As a result, Oculus and CHLA are expanding this research program to 11 additional institutions:

Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Kaiser Permanente Health Network (Southern California), Medical University of Vienna, New York University / Langone Medical Center, Stanford University / Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, University of Bern, University of Washington, Yale New Haven Health.

Oculus will provide them with Oculus Go helmets, the company emphasizing the simplicity of installation of the device: no need for a computer or a dedicated space, just to put on the device. Deployments will begin this fall.

TRAIN ON UNUSUAL INCIDENTS WITH HIGH STAKES

Kathryn Schaivone, a specialist trainer at Kaiser Permanente, reported that at present they could only do training on critical incidents, such as pediatric resuscitation, between two and four times a year because they cannot monopolize their teams too often. Moreover, that virtual reality makes it possible to increase the frequency of participation in simulations.

The first module concerns pediatric resuscitation in the event of a crisis or shock. The next ones will work on other cases, as CHLA researchers hope to gather advice and opinions from their colleagues in other hospitals to determine good practices.

“Now that we have this proof of concept, we are thinking about other scenarios and skills that are considered infrequent but with high stakes, for example in areas such as emergency medicine, critical care, and obstetrics,” says Dr. Todd Chang, CHLA’s project researcher.

VIRTUAL REALITY TRANSFORMS VOCATIONAL TRAINING

This Oculus announcement comes in a context of global growth for virtual or augmented reality training solutions.

The immersion phenomenon inherent in these technologies makes them more adapted to the retention of information for “practical” jobs than traditional theoretical training modules. In Europe, French companies are working on virtual learning for healthcare professionals, including SimforHealth, VirtualiSurg, and the Moveo Foundation.

Mozilla launches a VRChat clone

Mozilla launches a VRChat clone

Mozilla unveiled its virtual reality site yesterday. First Facebook then Google, it is the turn of the firm chaired by Mitchell Baker to offer us the means to communicate or meet other people via its site Hubs, a copy of VRChat.

Hubs is a social space in virtual reality that allows exchanging with one or several individuals at the same time. If it is only an experiment for the moment, Mozilla intends to realize this project and improve it. Just like VRChat, Hubs uses for the moment, rudimentary graphics, similar to that of the PS1 and almost no details. We’re a long way from the Ready Player One Oasis. The organization continues to experiment with new, more realistic avatars and more personalized spaces.

Hubs: VRChat at your fingertips

The Hubs website, unlike Facebook and VRChat, is easier to access. Indeed, to access this world, there is no application to download. It runs on a browser. For Mozilla, “the web offers the best future for virtual and augmented reality”, “No application store. No doormen. No installation process.

Then Hugs works on all VR helmets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Daydream and Cardboard helmets. Mozilla says, “You can even use your desktop computer or mobile phone if you don’t have access to any VR equipment. Everyone can meet and communicate with each other in this online social space.”

Disney Unveils Haptic VR Virtual Reality Jacket

Disney Research unveils a haptic return jacket for virtual reality. The “Force Jacket” allows users to feel the sensations of physical contact in the VR and could allow the entertainment giant to create new immersive attractions…

The future of virtual reality will pass through physical sensations. At least that’s what Disney Research seems to think, which has just unveiled a haptic jacket for RV. Called “Force Jacket,” the device simulates physical contact sensations through pneumatically operated airbags.

To put it simply, the jacket has 26 air pockets connected to a machine through tubes. The device inflates and deflates the air pockets precisely at the right time. Thus, combined with a virtual reality experience, the jacket can allow the user to feel the physical sensations that his avatar feels in the game.

As an example, Disney evokes the contact of a snowball. It would also be possible to use such a system to simulate the impact of a punch in a combat game, or a ball in a shooting game. In short, the Jacket Force could add the sensations of touch into virtual reality, increasing the realism of the experiences and therefore the feeling of immersion.

Disney could establish itself as a technology leader in virtual reality.

Disney Research is not the first company to develop a haptic return jacket. However, this pneumatic system seems more ingenious than the electrical stimuli offered by most manufacturers. Moreover, Disney has more financial means than a simple startup to complete its project. So this haptic jacket could be revolutionary for virtual reality.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this accessory will be offered for sale to the general public. Instead, Disney Research explores the possibilities offered by RV for the American company’s amusement parks. As a reminder, Disney has already partnered with The Void to create the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire attraction, offering four players the opportunity to evolve simultaneously in virtual reality and a landscaped space in the real world. This new invention could bring even more breathtaking attractions to life.

Find more about this incredible new Virtual Reality device:

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A new version of the dji goggles headset for drone pilots

Drone races are now very real. There are championships held all over the world. It is therefore not surprising to see some manufacturers offering products targeting this particular target group. The Chinese drones manufacturer DJI is one of them and now offers a new version of the DJI Goggles.

The DJI Goggles helmet was launched last April. Similar to a virtual reality helmet, this one allows the user to control his drone by moving his head. It can also offer a vision to the first person as if it were inside the drone.

New Racing Oriented Version

If the DJI Goggles was offered for sale in white, the new version dedicated to drone races and named DJI Goggles RE – for racing edition – is available in matt black, with red leather on the head circumference.

The DJI Goggles RE is also compatible with third-party drones and steering levers such as the Naze or F3. Features include video streaming with the OcuSync Video Transmission Module and Sphere panoramic viewing.

Users can also connect two headsets so that another person can board, and take control if they wish. DJI will deliver the first units of its DJI Goggles RE in the coming days at the indicated price of 499$.

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The DJI Goggles in Racing Edition can be used with a wide range of drones including the Mavic Pro, the test DJI Spark. the Phantom 4 and 3 series as well as a bunch of other non-DJI drones!

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Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Headset Manufacturer

Apple company recently discreetly acquired Vrvana, a Canadian manufacturer of a helmet that oscillates between virtual reality and augmented reality.

This is a new step for Apple in its quest for an augmented reality helmet for 2020. According to Techcrunch, Apple bought the helmet manufacturer Vrvana (pronounced “Véairvana”) for $30 million. Contacted by the media specialized in new technologies, Apple has neither confirmed nor denied this information.

Vrvana is a Canadian company still in its infancy in augmented reality. Founded in 2005, it would have received only $2 million in funding to date, a minimal amount to develop a physical product. However, its Totem helmet, for the time being, a prototype, impressed observers when it was launched last year.

While the purchase was not directly confirmed, secondary sources assured Techcrunch that the transaction had been completed. Vrvana employees would already be working at Apple, and the Canadian company has not been communicating over social networks since August.

Augmented Reality Pioneer

With the launch of its Totem, Vrvana has developed the concept of “extended reality,” between virtual and augmented reality. As virtual reality players in north america explains, VrVana made a helmet in the form of a virtual reality helmet, covering the user’s entire vision, but added cameras on the front of the helmet to film the real world. This hybrid system made it possible to locate the user’s hands in infrared while integrating into a 3D world.

One of Vrvana’s advantages is also to offer virtual projections on the real world in color and opaque, while other augmented reality headsets like Microsoft’s Hololens can only display ghosts in black. However, Vrvana encountered a problem of too high latency, which hampered its use.

Businesses, the first targets?

More broadly, this acquisition should allow Apple to accelerate in the design of its augmented reality helmet. Unveiled by Bloomberg on November 8th, Apple’s effort to build its helmet seems increasingly consistent. Unofficial information already reports a team of several hundred engineers and the design of a specific operating system called “rOS” for reality Operating System.

While the apple firm is always looking to diversify and gain a foothold in the business environment, the acquisition of Vrvana could be a significant asset.

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Drones and Virtual Reality

In recent years, UAVs have become one of the most popular pieces of technology. Both in the military, security and surveillance and leisure sectors. With the advent of virtual reality, the meilleurs drones full HD will be able to reach a new milestone that will offer a degree of immersion and possibilities for users never before reached.

“We can’t stop progress anymore,” as the saying goes. UAVs and virtual reality are two of the most interesting advanced technologies today. Not surprisingly, manufacturers have begun to mix them to open up new horizons. The main objective of the drone with virtual reality? FPV? We explain what it is and what model to choose.

What does FPV mean?

FPV or First Person View is a term that will undoubtedly appeal to video game fans. Of course, it’s reminiscent of the term FPS, or First Person Shooter. These games like Counter-Strike, for example, propose to play the character. In the case of drones, the logic is the same. The user can see what the camera is observing from the front of the drone. He doesn’t see the object he’s directing, but what he sees. In other words, with advances in terms of cameras or reactivity, potential uses are multiplying. We are talking about discovering panoramas seen from the sky as much as freestyle between trees or even drone races.

parrot disco bird

Parrot Disco FPV: this is the name of a drone intended for private individuals, mini portable aircraft that the user will control using a remote control. Able to withstand winds of 40 km/h and to fly up to 80 km/h and sold for the modest sum of 1100 dollars, this small remote control plane will be supplied with a virtual reality helmet designed by Parrot company also and with the aim of offering the user the possibility to follow the flight of the drone itself, equipped with a 360° camera. This will allow the “pilot” to maneuver with greater accuracy and recoil than if he or she were using a simple screen mounted on the joystick.

Drones of tomorrow

It is very likely that tomorrow’s drones will all be equipped with the same technology, as GhostDrone 2.0, which we were talking about a short while ago, is already doing. Designed to be used via smartphones to minimise the cost of helmet construction, consumer products using this technology are increasingly available on the market. Not surprisingly, virtual reality offers new possibilities and undoubtedly impressive panoramas.

Imagine flying over fabulous live panoramas and your own wings. The same freedom as if you were really flying, and no, it’s not a virtual world this time. The process is excellent and will help budding pilots and handle some of the tricky passages with more control.

However, since pausing is not really possible, you will have to make sure that you are well protected from any external disturbances for the duration of the flight if you don’t want to remove your helmet in flight and risk damaging your precious drone!

To discover the latest drones news, the new models and their possibilities, go to our dedicated section.

8 Best Virtual Reality Games for Kids And Adults

Virtual Reality redefines the world of entertainment. Gaming has significantly changed from the early years of arcade machines to the birth of mobile games. Now, you can skip the frustration over your character that lacks skills and special powers, as you can become the main character yourself. Virtual Reality allows you to have the full experience of the game.

Excited? Of course! Here are the top 8 Virtual Reality games for kids and kids-alike.

Job Simulator

This is developed by Owlchemy Labs and can be played through HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. This game provides you the experience of working for a living.

VR The Diner Duo

A Whirlybird Games creation, this game can be played through HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. You can take orders, cook, prepare food, clean tables and serve food to guests.

The Lab

The Lab is developed by Valve and can be enjoyed via HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It is a compilation of mini-games, including Longbow and Slingshot. It introduced VR experience to gamers.

Fantastic Contraption

Developed by Northway Games and Radial Games Corp, this inventive game allows you to create simple machines to navigate obstacles. This can be played through HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Rec Room

Against Gravity developed Rec Room which allows users to play together a wide variety of games including Frisbee golf, charades, dodge ball, and paintball, among others. This is available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Smashbox Arena

This is developed by BigBox VR, Inc. and can be played via HTC Vive, Oculus Rift. It is a compilation of different kinds of game balls in multiple arenas and game modes.

Cloudlands VR Minigolf

Futuretown created Cloudlands VR Minigolf which brings players to fun and challenging courses of mini golf. This can be played through HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and OS VR

Tilt Brush

Google developed Tilt Brush that allows users to create drawings in 3D-space. You can scale them up, walk around them, or change them. This is available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Have you played one of these VR games?

 

The Best Virtual Reality Headsets To Buy in 2017

Virtual Reality is gaining worldwide popularity. This latest technology redefines not just entertainment and gaming, but it also promises to help in a lot of areas, including business, education, and science.

But the question is: “How can we experience Virtual Reality?’

The market of VR is relatively new. It will still be difficult for consumers to look for available technology to experience Virtual Reality.

Now, let us give you an idea about the best Virtual Reality headsets that can give you a superb VR experience.

HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is considered the best among the rest. It features an OLED display with a 2160 x 1200 resolution, 32 headset sensors, and 360-degree motion tracking. It also comes with two handheld controllers with 24 sensors each for accuracy and motion tracking.

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PlayStation VR

Users consider PlayStation VR as the most immersive headset. It is perfect for PS4 owners who play popular console games like Star Wars or Batman. It has 5.7 inches display with 1920 x RGB x 1080 resolution. It also offers approximately 100 degrees field of view.

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Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is the most powerful headset with in terms of resolution and capability. It features an OLED display with a 2160 x 1200 screen resolution and a 110-degree field of view. The headset also contains an integrated audio system for a different sound experience.

Occulus rift

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SainSonic VR-03

SainSonicElectronic’s VR-03 is the most affordable VR headset for only $10 below. It’s compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. It is also very easy to setup. It comes with two biconvex lenses to transform 2D into immerse 3D images.

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Sarlar 3D VR

If you want a VR headset that provides the most comfort in the eyes and in the nose, buy Sarlar 3D VR. Its design is engineered to provide no pressure against your eyelid. Its strap and viewing enclosure allows more space for your nose for breathing. This VR headset is the best seller on Amazon.

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Merge VR

Not only that Merge VR is very stylish, it is also the most durable among all headsets. It also comes with a soft flexible lightweight foam comfortable for the face. It is compatible with newer iOS and Android smartphones.

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Reasons How Virtual Reality Improves Our Lives

Be there even if you’re not! That’s what Virtual Reality can make.

The idea of Virtual Reality (VR) started during the 1800s, but it was only in the 21st century when it was brought to existence. In 2016, over 230 companies develop VR-related products. Now, Virtual Reality has become so popular for its advanced technology that can help people in so many ways.

Business

Many companies use Virtual Reality to provide real-time training to its employees. Simulators can also help employees have real life experiences with operations. VR has also been used as a new mode of communication.

Entertainment

VR redefines watching movies and playing games. The 3D display of VR makes it look like you are part of the movie. Also, games are equipped with immersive videos and sound that makes you feel you are involved in the game.

Medical Care

Virtual Reality has been used as an effective therapy tool. VR also helps in various medical procedures and operations, and in training medical practitioners.

Education

VR provides interactive education to students. Learners can have a real-time experience through the visual tools, including videos, photos, and sounds which make learning easier.

Architecture

VR aids in the design and development of architectural works. Architects, engineers, and designers can have an experience with the structures they are going to build.

Disaster Management

VR has been an essential tool in training, simulation, and education, especially in times of disasters and dangerous situations, including fire, hurricane and bombing incidents, among others.

Lifestyle

Virtual Reality can be used to your lifestyle. You can go to different places through VR. You can immerse yourself in various circumstances you like. You can also make exercise interactive and enjoyable.

Economy

Virtual Reality allows you to spend money less. For example, VR can allow you to hold meetings without spending, time, money and fuel to go to your office. On the other hand, people can choose and shop clothes, shoes, food, and groceries through VR.

Communication

Virtual Reality is a huge leap in communication as it provides a more interactive way of teleconferencing and a faster way of disseminating information.

How has Virtual Reality improved your life?