Virtual reality technology holds enormous potential to change the future for a number of fields, from medicine, business, architecture to manufacturing.
Psychologists and other medical professionals are using VR to heighten traditional therapy methods and find effective solutions for treatments of PTSD, anxiety and social disorders. Doctors are employing VR to train medical students in surgery, treat patients’ pains and even help paraplegics regain body functions.
In business, a variety of industries are benefiting from VR. Carmakers are creating safer vehicles, architects are constructing stronger buildings and even travel agencies are using it to simplify vacation planning.
Following a 12-month study of eight paraplegic patients, Duke University has published results that suggest that virtual reality (VR) technology can help aid in restoring mobility in patients suffering from a chronic spinal cord injury, reports TechCrunch.
By simulating parts of the brain associated with leg movement through an avatar on the VR headset, patients were able to learn how to control their minds to produce leg movement. Patients were fitted with an Oculus Rift, an EEG cap to measure brainwave activity, and a vibrating tactile feedback device to give patients the most realistic experience.