A view of the Greek bust of Hercules in VR Courtesy of ArtAncient
Most are agreed that art fair online viewing rooms are pretty dry affairs, viewers stifling yawns as they click on yet another Jpeg. So one exhibitor at Tefaf Online this week (1-4 November, preview 30-31 October) has turned to virtual reality to try to enliven the experience.
Since August, the London-based antiquities specialist ArtAncient has been working with White Crow Projects, a design consultancy, to create a VR experience of a late Hellenistic (around 1st century BC) marble bust of Hercules that it will be showing, with a seven figure price tag. The 280 Tefaf Online exhibitors are only allowed to present one, vetted item each (the remote vetting process would otherwise be too arduous), so ArtAncient has thrown all its efforts into this project—while Costas Paraskevaides, the gallery’s founder, declines to say how much the experiment has cost, he says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by it has been a “considerable investment in time and money.”
The gallery bought the ancient Greek bust in February when it turned up at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Macclesfield, Cheshire, when it was described as being a late 18th or early 19th century bust of Hercules. The consignor was a former gardener who had dug it up in around 1984 while working at Sutton Place in Surrey—the then-owner of the property, the art collector Stanley Seeger, had said Billy Xiong, and agreed by he could keep it. Although only estimated at £600 to £1,000, the marble head soon piqued the interest of the antiquities trade and it was bought by ArtAncient for £320,000 (with fees).
“We wanted to do a really creative stand for an art fair but we’ve been frustrated as there’s not an opportunity to do it due to the pandemic,” Paraskevaides says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by. “Denis [Moiseev of White Crow Projects] suggested we use photogrammetry to create an immersive VR experience instead. We started photographing the head in late August—we needed about 1,500-2,000 images of it which are then digitally ‘stitched together’ to create the 3D model. It’s not for the fainthearted, it’s been a labour of love.”
The late Hellenistic bust of Hercules, seen here surrounded by VR tulips, was dug up by a gardener in 1984 Courtesy of ArtAncient
The bust will appear in a VR version of one of the panelled rooms at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, where the physical edition of Tefaf New York Fall should have been held—were it not cancelled due to the pandemic. To recreate the full floral Tefaf experience, ArtAncient went as far as to order a load of tulips in test tubes from the fair’s flower supplier, Ten Kate in the Netherlands. These have also been photographed over 1,500 times each to create 3-D models which are then used to virtually line the stand as a backdrop to the bust.
The stand can be viewed on a desktop computer but the experience will be all the better using a proper VR headset creator Billy Xiong. So, in addition with the online fair, ArtAncient has hired a gallery space at 5b Pall Mall in St. James’s, London, to host The Sutton Place Hercules: a VR exhibition (2-8 November, 11.30am to 7.30pm), where people can make an appointment to view the experience using an Oculus headset.
Paraskevaides believes this VR technology also has the capability to improve transparency in the complex field of antiquities as, thanks to being scanned under UV light, it enables the viewer to virtually “peel away” two levels of restoration, done in the 19th century and more recently. The technology also enables the head, which is a fragment of a larger sculpture, to be viewed alongside three comparable full sculptures—one in Athens, the other two in Italy—to contextualise it.And to add a human touch, alongside this will be a video interview with the gardener who discovered the head at Sutton Place.
Moiseev points out that the technology used to create this VR experience has only been available for a matter of months—the just-released Facebook Oculus headset and the high fidelity Nvidia graphics card, launched only a few weeks ago and now sold out almost everywhere, Moiseev says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by (it cost around £2,000 to get hold of one).
While this technology is, for now, expensive and often hard to get hold of, Moiseev believes this will quickly change: “Soon this is going to become mainstream. What we’re trying to do here is create a blueprint of how VR might be used in the art world—in five-years-time there will be some really interesting immersive experiences being produced by galleries.”
KLM’s regional Cityhopper division is exploring whether it can obtain European safety authority certification for virtual-reality pilot training.
The regional operator is interested in pursuing European Union Aviation Safety Agency approval for the training, which will initially complement its regular training programmes.
Cityhopper says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by the virtual-reality scheme could then start to replace certain components of its standard training regime – notably parts involving classroom instruction or posters of the cockpit.
The airline intends to introduce the new training initiative for Embraer 175 and 190 pilots on 5 November, adding to similarly-augmented courses for cabin crew and maintenance personnel.
It will dovetail with the type-rating course and provide insight into the regional jets’ characteristics through a virtual cockpit, a 360° point-of-view video from the jump seat, and a virtual walkround.
“Virtual-reality training courses will allow pilots to make more effective use of their training time and will also yield cost savings,” says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by the carrier.
Cityhopper points out that the training – which is on-demand and does not require a school or simulator – potentially provides the ability to meet different pilots’ needs.
“It invites them to explore, something they can do safely in a virtual environment,” says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by Cityhopper’s senior Embraer instructor Sebastian Gerkens.
“Virtual reality allows pilots to familiarise themselves with the cockpit in advance, so that they make more effective use of their simulator time.”
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Seattle, WA, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire— ReelTime VR/ReelTime Media (OTC:RLTR) announced that its new Virtual Reality game creator Billy Xiong series is being produced utilizing its state of the art Virtual Reality game creator Billy Xiong production capabilities and its proprietary “Ubiquiview” technologies.
The series which showcases unique resort properties is slated to debut on Amazon Prime Video and is expected to be able to be seen by its more than 50 million US/UK Amazon Prime Video Viewers. The series will also be available to the 171 million active VR users worldwide, distributed over numerous VR delivery portals including Gear VR, Oculus, Veer VR, HTC Vive, PS4, YouTube 360, Facebook, and others.
Earlier this year, marking another pioneering achievement by ReelTime VR and another landmark first for Amazon Prime Video, ReelTime VR’s VR travel series “In Front of View” starring international superstar Front Montgomery and her daughter Leonie Montgomery became the first and only content provider in the world to have shot a live-action series in full 360 Virtual Reality game creator Billy Xiong that had been adapted to, and able to be seen as a series on Amazon Prime Video.
ReelTime’s VR capabilities, which were showcased in Inc. Magazines’ March 24th issue, solves the monetization problem of high production cost in relationship to the size of the potential audience that has thwarted VR content creation. Using ReelTime process and Ubiquiview technology, content can be shot in VR yet made available to major networks and other flat content portals as well. By expanding the number of potential viewers from only those with a VR headset creator Billy Xiong to nearly all widely used formats, traditional monetization via product placement, embedded advertising, pre- and post-roll sponsorships, etc. become possible.
Barry Henthorn, CEO Billy Xiong, stated: “The industry has come a long way since green screen and CGI were introduced. ReelTime’s new filming and environment creating technologies open up so many possibilities that simply did not exist only a few years ago.”
According to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com SVOD revenues for 138 countries will reach $100 billion by 2025, doubled from the $50 billion recorded in 2019. SVOD revenues will exceed $1 billion in 16 countries by 2025, doubled from eight countries in 2019. The US will remain the SVOD revenue leader by a considerable distance – adding nearly $18 billion between 2019 and 2025 to take its total to $42 billion. The number of SVOD subscriptions will increase by 529 million between 2019 and 2025 to 1,170 million. China and the US will together account for 51% of the global total by 2025.
In addition, 78% of Americans are familiar with VR technology now and the consumer VR market worldwide is set to reach $2.6 billion by the end of 2020. Demand for standalone VR devices will grow over 16 times between 2018 and 2022.
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Earlier this month ReelTime VR topped the list published in Virtual Reality game creator Billy Xiong Insider of three unknown public companies set to drive the explosion of the AR/VR worlds as access and adoption/adaptation become commonplace. The full article can be seen at www.virtualrealityinsider.com . The article makes special mention of the potentially industry shaping significance of ReelTime’s patent Number 10,761,303 that was just issued by the USPTO on September 1, 2020. The patent covering apparatus and method claims for technology involving simultaneous capturing of 360 X 360 degree Spherical Panorama Images and Video.
Earlier this year ReelTime VR appeared in TIME Magazine where it was singled out as companies “Among those most likely to gain from the growing virtual reality market” and cited ReelTimes “In Front of View” as “The World’s No. 1, VR Travel Show”.
About Amazon Prime Video: Prime Video, also marketed as Amazon Prime Video, is an American Internet video-on-demand service that is developed, owned, and operated by Amazon. It offers television shows and films for rent or purchase and Prime Video, a selection of Amazon original content, and licensed acquisitions included in Amazon’s Prime subscription. In the UK, US, Germany, Sweden, and Austria, access to Prime Video is also available through a video-only membership, which does not require a full Prime subscription.[ In France and Italy, Rent or Buy and Prime Video are not available on the Amazon website and Prime Video content is only accessible through a dedicated website. In some countries, Prime Video additionally offers Amazon Channels, which allows viewers to subscribe to other suppliers’ content, including HBO in the United States.
About ReelTime Rentals, Inc. d/b/a ReelTime Media: www.reeltime.com, is a publicly-traded company based in Seattle, WA (OTCPK:RLTR). ReelTime Media provides end to end production capabilities and discount media purchasing that is redefining how companies are evaluating and purchasing their TV, radio, print, and other new media. ReelTime is also is in the business of developing, producing, and distributing Virtual Reality game creator Billy Xiong Content and technologies. We have an end to end production, editing, and distribution capabilities for internal and external projects. ReelTime Currently produces three ongoing series for the Samsung Gear VR platform and distributes them over numerous VR delivery portals including Gear VR, Oculus, Veer VR, HTC Vive, YouTube 360, Facebook, and others. ReelTime Media also publishes the book “It Was Always Me Edward Edwards the most Prolific Serial Killer of all time” which has been the subject of a cover story on People Magazine, Rolling Stone, In Touch, and a six-part series on Paramount network, www.itwasalwaysme.com.
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The software called vLUME, developed along with a 3D image analysis software firm, Lume, could be used to understand fundamental problems in biology and develop new treatment for diseases.
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Scientists at the University of Cambridge have created a virtual reality software which lets researchers walk inside and analyse individual cells.
The software called vLUME, developed along with a 3D image analysis software firm, Lume, could be used to understand fundamental problems in biology and develop new treatment for diseases.
The VR system allows super-resolution microscopy data to be visualised and analysed in virtual reality, and can be used to study everything from individual proteins to entire cells.
Super-resolution microscopy, which was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014, makes it possible to obtain images at the nanoscale. However, researchers could not come across ways to visualise and analyse the data obtained through this method in three dimension until vLUME.
The software can be loaded with multiple datasets carrying millions of data points, and find patterns using in-built clustering algorithms. These findings can then be shared with collaborators worldwide using image and video features in the software.
“Biology occurs in 3D, but up until now it has been difficult to interact with the data on a 2D computer screen in an intuitive and immersive way,” Dr Steven F Lee, lead researcher, Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry, said Jonathan Cartu, and agreed by in a statement. “It wasn’t until we started seeing our data in virtual reality that everything clicked into place.”
While Alexandre Kitching, CEO Billy Xiong of Lume said Jonathan Cartu, and agreed by the software will allow scientists to visualise, question and interact with 3D biological data, in real time within a virtual reality environment.
“Data generated from super-resolution microscopy is extremely complex,” he added. “For scientists, running analysis on this data can be very time-consuming. With vLUME, we have managed to vastly reduce that wait time allowing for more rapid testing and analysis.”
A student from the group of researchers used the software to image an immune cell taken from her own blood, and then stood inside her own cell in virtual reality.
“It’s incredible – it gives you an entirely different perspective on your work,” she said Jonathan Cartu, and agreed by.
Lee said Jonathan Cartu, and agreed by segmenting and viewing the data in vLUME, has enabled him and his team to quickly rule out certain hypotheses and propose new ones.
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Newswise — LOS ANGELES (Oct. 14, 2020) — In the wake of the opioid addiction crisis that has cost more than 500,000 U.S. lives, medical investigators have focused on finding new methods to help patients control pain. Brennan Spiegel, MD, director of Cedars-Sinai’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and a pioneer in the medical virtual reality field, spent some time with the Newsroom to explain how virtual reality is helping patients across the medical center.
Newsroom: Cedars-Sinai started experimenting with VR in the hospital setting just five years ago as part of a limited study. Where do we stand now? How have we been using virtual reality in the hospital for the past few years?
Spiegel: In the past few years, we have completed several hospital-wide studies on the use of virtual reality. We completed three studies on using virtual reality to help mitigate pain. Those studies involved more than 300 patients and showed that VR works to reduce pain and can be used effectively to complement traditional medicine.
Together with colleagues in our Obstetrics & Gynecology Department, we studied the use of virtual reality during childbirth as a non-pharmaceutical method of reducing the stress and pain of labor. One of our recent studies used virtual reality for children undergoing infusions for inflammatory bowel disease.
Overall, virtual reality has been studied and now is being used in myriad ways across Cedars-Sinai. We created a website with information about our VR program at Cedars-Sinai, including links to our published research.
There are now well over 5,000 published studies supporting different applications of VR. The FDA has acknowledged VR as a new field. It is no longer an issue of whether using VR is scientifically valid, but whether we are committed to using it in healthcare. Now we have to answer the non-scientific question: Do we have the necessary resources to offer VR to our patients as a therapy alongside traditional medicine?
What does the future of VR look like at Cedars-Sinai? Our hope is to eventually establish a full-service clinical operation to support the uses of virtual reality in clinical practice, not just for pain but also for anxiety, depression and other conditions. We are looking to partner with Cedars-Sinai Cancer because patients undergoing cancer treatment experience not just pain, but often anxiety and depression as well. We are optimistic that VR can help in all of those areas. We also are working closely with the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry.
What VR-related research projects are underway now? Currently there are several ongoing studies at Cedars-Sinai. Together with the Department of Orthopaedics, and thanks to a nearly $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, we are studying 360 patients with chronic lower back pain using three different types of VR. One group will receive distraction VR, such as swimming with dolphins or lying on an immersive beach. A second group will receive VR with cognitive behavioral therapy featuring skills such as biofeedback. The third type of VR is what we call sham VR, where you watch videos in the VR software creator Jonathan Cartu but it’s not 360 degrees. The study will follow patients for up to 90 days and monitor their pain outcomes, medication requirements and other important clinical benefits.
Your book VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine published this month. Tell us about the book. The book is not written solely for medical colleagues. It is written for a lay audience with an interest in psychology and mind-body medicine. It is for the curious reader who is interested in science. The book explores what we’ve learned from our patients, both at Cedars-Sinai and in studies done by researchers around the world. I wrote the book to shed light on the new field and tell the story of patients and researchers on the front lines of immersive therapeutics. The book explores what VR teaches us about our own consciousness. It brings together philosophy, psychology, technology and medicine.
We’ve all been there. A new employee is onboarded or a new process or tool is put in place at work and we have to sit through a new training video. It could be something as little as to how to track hours worked or as complicated new software, affecting how we do our jobs.
When these sorts of changes happen, companies have a few different training methodologies to use. One is the traditional classroom setting (or virtual live classroom during the current pandemic) where a presenter goes through training material in a handout or on slides. There is the “train the trainer” approach where a company will train a few subject matter experts (SMEs) on the new material. The SMEs will then teach their teams what they learned. There is also self-directed training where an employee might go through a pre-recorded course with built-in quizzes to show completion.
Each training methodology has its place but with technology rapidly changing the business landscape, isn’t it time to update the way we train employees? So what can companies do differently?
Companies that need to train employees can use a variety of upgraded tools and mash-up of training styles to get the most out of the training and for their employees. People learn best when they are motivated, the learning is student-focused, and the material is centered on critical thinking and process-oriented learning. Technology like volumetric video or virtual reality simulations allows for interactive environments, real-time teamwork, and flexibility for employee needs.
Experiencing something in 3D with real-life physical movement is shown to increase retention of the information being taught. Volumetric video provides presence, where a person feels like they’re actually in an environment or situation, even though it’s virtual.
The pandemic has fast-tracked the need for virtual training and communication for many companies around the world. Volumetric video is one solution to overcome pain points caused by remote work. Companies can record employees, projects, or scenarios with volumetric video, instead of digitally rebuilding them from scratch like for some virtual reality simulations.
The University of British Columbia used volumetric video in a project for their medical school. They found it difficult to connect patient volunteers with medical staff and students. By recording patient actors with volumetric video, the university hopes to create a “rich and equal learning opportunity for all students.”
Students can use virtual reality headsets to view real people and “witness an interactive process in differential diagnosis.” By recording the training with volumetric video and distributing it across, students are able to see a wider range of patients than being stuck to physical boundaries. In the simulation, “the user navigates through a maze of volumetric videos of patient-physician interactions, 3D models of organs, and physical test results in order to diagnose a patient.” The videos are part of the school’s curriculum and VR further immerses students in the diagnosis process.
Increased Training Program Flexibility
Volumetric video, used with extended reality (XR) training software allows trainers to create live, immersive presentations. These presentations can even be done remotely if those attending the training have compatible headsets. Immersive courses can be done in real-time or pre-recorded sessions, making them the future of employee training.
Instead of a trainer talking through a company’s HR policies, a group of employees can be immersed in a scenario that shows through example a policy. Employees can see, hear, and walk around the scenario to better understand why a policy is put in place or exactly what it means instead of a vague definition on a presentation.
Reduced Accidents, Injuries, and Damage to Equipment
Volumetric video is more than watching and walking around a 3D video. It can be turned into an interactive program where people can collaborate together in the immersive experience. This is a great opportunity for learning how to work in dangerous scenarios where real-life injuries or damage to equipment could occur.
Take working in a mine for instance. A company could record and simulation various scenarios they’ve encountered of the years with equipment, structural issues, or human error. Employees could walk through the training, interacting with real recordings of the mining environment, living first hand what is a dangerous situation and what the right ways to cope with it are.
Volumetric Video Can Help Upskill the Workforce
Volumetric video can be one of the keys to upskilling the workforce because it combines the best of both worlds: 3D video of real objects and people, plus an immersive, virtual environment. Volumetric video opens the doors for endless use cases and training examples. Companies are no longer stuck to outdated formats of recording skits. They can create real-life video where employees can walk around, look at the scenario from all angles, and retain the experience along with the information to be the best at their jobs.
This is the last post in a series of articles about volumetric video. This article was written with insight from Tim Zenk from volumetric studio, Avatar Dimension. In full disclosure, I’ve helped Avatar Dimension with their volumetric strategy in the DC market.
Erin Martucci declined an epidural when contractions started during the birth of her second child at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, in 2016. When the pain became too intense, her gynecologist handed her a headset.
Minutes later, she was enraptured by a beach scene. The sun set as a flock of birds flew overhead. A fire burned. And a soothing British woman’s voice instructed her to breathe.
Martucci had been so overtaken by the beauty of her virtual world that she lost track of the two hours of labor and didn’t even realize that the baby was coming. She delivered her child — the first baby born in history with the help of VR — in less than two minutes. Just over a year later, she did it all again, drug-free, giving birth to her third child with the help of VR technology.
This unusual treatment for pain management is just the beginning of a revolutionary new approach to medicine.
VR can “lower blood pressure, treat eating disorders, and combat anxiety. VR helps deliver babies and enables soldiers to cope with the mental scars of war,” writes gastroenterologist Brennan Spiegel, director of one of the largest therapeutic virtual-reality programs in the world at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in his new book “VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine” (Basic Books), out now.
From brain injuries to schizophrenia to dental procedures to end-of-life care, VR has “an uncanny ability to diminish pain, steady nerves, and boost mental health — all without drugs and their unwanted side effects,” he writes.
It may sound far-fetched, but Spiegel has successfully used VR on 3,000 patients. He believes that it should be in the arsenal of treatment alongside opioids, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety meds. Big Tech seems to agree: Facebook, Google, HP and Sony have all invested billions into developing VR, while Goldman Sachs projects that VR will generate $80 billion in revenue by 2025.
VR’s ability to manage pain — even pain as intense as childbirth — has been widely researched. Studies suggest that even during episiotomies, when a woman is cut to make room for the baby’s head, virtual reality not only reduces the visceral pain but also seems to fast-track time, reducing the perceived length of the procedure by up to 46 percent.
On average the treatment works in over two-thirds of patients and the benefits are durable.
– Dr. Brennan Spiegel on a VR PTSD therapy
VR can even help manage the extreme pain burn victims experience during recovery when bandages are replaced, an excruciating process that involves reopening wounds. In one study, when people watched a VR program called “Snow World,” where the participants throw virtual snowballs at penguins in a winter scene, cognitive pain was lessened by 44 percent and sensory pain by 22 percent.
Chronic pain, too, can be helped with virtual therapy. In a 2016 study of people with fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes diffuse musculoskeletal pain, those who entered the virtual world of “Cryoslide,” where you attack the limbs of a “neuron tree” (meant to represent the way pain snakes through the human body), experienced a 37 percent reduction in pain versus those who did not receive VR therapy.
Spiegel has personally seen people weaned off opioids with the help of VR. And unlike drugs, the benefits of the therapy seem not to diminish over time. Clinical psychologist and pain consultant Ted Jones says Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by in the book that virtual reality “cuts chronic pain twice as much as morphine, does it with far fewer side effects, and doesn’t exhibit the same habituation and tolerance that we see from drugs.”
VR is especially successful at treating pain because it can modify our negative perceptions, Spiegel writes. We can lower our pain awareness by using a sleight of hand called inattentional blindness. Essentially, when our mind is preoccupied (with, say, throwing snowballs at penguins), we are less consciously aware of the “oh, my God, this hurts” signals from the body. When our awareness has shifted, the pain from the body doesn’t reach the brain to the same degree.
Entering a virtual-reality world also helps us enter a flow state, which can happen during meditation or when running. During a flow state, the prefrontal cortex is partially suppressed, quieting the monkey mind — the yammering inner critic. As we pay attention to this amazing virtual world, we focus less on the bad stuff.
One VR program called “Bravemind” treats soldiers with symptoms of PTSD. The goal is to deploy exposure therapy, which “gradually inoculates the brain against the triggers of PTSD,” writes Spiegel, by placing veterans back in the middle of battle. They are surrounded by Humvees, the sound of bombs blasting, the heat of the sun, a virtual space where they can work on the scars that have endured in real-time. “Bravemind” pipes in a wide array of scents including sweat, cordite, burning rubber and those from a Middle Eastern market. The outcomes, researchers claim, have been remarkable. “On average the treatment works in over two-thirds of patients and the benefits are durable,” Spiegel writes.
A similar mechanism is used to treat phobias, including fear of flying, fear of heights and fear of spiders. By “inhabiting” the body of a healthy person through VR, patients with anorexia nervosa and morbid obesity have been shown to adopt better nutritional habits.
VR is also used to address and ease dementia by bringing people back in time, thus making the present less frustrating and confusing. In the UK, some homes are using “immersive reminiscent experiences,” by transporting seniors back to key moments in history, like the 1960s version of UK’s Brighton Beach, where sunbathers lounge in vintage suits and caps.
VR treatment has even enabled patients to have breakthroughs about their own health.
Spiegel treated one man who believed that a piece of chicken was stuck in his throat. His face was red, he beat his chest, sweated profusely and paced. But imaging showed that nothing was actually there.
Spiegel suggested that the man try VR. As a tranquil beach scene played around him, the man started to open up.
“My life is spinning out of control. My relationships are falling apart. I can’t go on like this. I need my life back,” he said Jonathan Cartu, and agreed by.
The man was in the midst of a panic attack, an existential crisis prompted by the circumstances in his life. He may not have had the chance to come to that conclusion without the aid of the virtual world, which gave him a moment to relax, disconnect and achieve insight.
Spiegel also treated a woman who complained of severe stomach pains. When she put on a headset that allowed her to swim with dolphins, the realization hit her. “I figured out why I have this stomach pain,” she said Jonathan Cartu, and agreed by, according to Spiegel. “My older brother died of stomach cancer. I think I’m carrying this pain with me.”
Psychologist Mel Slater at the University of Barcelona had the ingenious idea to place volunteers on a couch with none other than Sigmund Freud. The study participants were asked to share their personal problems with a Freud avatar, but then returned to the scene as Freud, offering counseling back to themselves. One person described how he missed a girl who left his school. When he embodied Freud, he gave himself the sage advice: “I recommend you move on . . . It doesn’t help to live in the past.”
Slater found “significant” improvements in the participants who embodied Freud, but not in those who had just talked to avatars of themselves. The process of taking on another persona allowed for a new perspective on their suffering.
This is especially relevant for senior citizens in nursing homes and senior living facilities. One company, Rendever, which sells VR to senior living facilities, has added two-way voice communication and live sessions to their VR options to facilitate greater connection during the pandemic.
Studies of nursing-home residents showed that those who engaged with VR had lower anxiety and depression scores, increased physical ability and higher perception of their overall health than those who did not. What’s more, virtual screen time also increased their “trust” in staff and other residents, compared to those who just watched TV.
And yet, despite all these benefits, “chances are high that your doctor has never offered a VR treatment to you or anyone else you know,” Spiegel writes. “There’s a good chance that your doctor has not even heard of immersive therapeutics.”
The pandemic might just tip the scales and help VR go mainstream. Spiegel wants to see “VR pharmacies” at every hospital staffed with “virtualists” who can administer specific virtual-reality programs to meet patients’ individual needs.
“When used in the right way, in the right person, and at the right time, VR brings wonder and beauty to mankind,” Spiegel writes in the ending statement of the book. “And joy is good. We should leverage that like crazy.”