When it comes to virtual reality (VR), most of us will think about gaming, movies or traveling. However, VR is a big thing in our modern life, that can bring not just those uses. VR can involve in many industries, many fields and it is really useful for the human life. The followings are some of amazing uses of this technology that many people might not have heard of.
VR helps paralegics regain body function
Duke University with a year-long study discorverd that virtual reality can bring huge benefits for paralegics. Specifically, when paralegic patients wearing VR headsets were tasked to move through a stadium as a soccor player, they were able to regain some brain functions that are associated with moving their legs. The test was done with eight patients, each of them regained some control and four were upgraded from full paralegics to partial paralegics.
Doctors use VR to treat PTSD
Before using VR technology, doctors treat the nearly 8 million adults, who suffer from PTSD a year, with “exposure therapy”. This therapy pushes the patients to recount their traumas, visualize it in their imaginations and explain to the doctor what is happening as they experiece the stressful scenario.
With VR technology, the treadment method is essentially in the same way, while utilizing headsets to create a virtual world with custom. Then the patients are asked to narrate what is happening.
Medical students can be trained with VR
With virtual reality, medical and dental students can practice surgeries and procedures in a safe way and a controlled environment. This allows them to make mistakes without having any impact on an actual partial and prepare for any unexpected situations.
Doctors use VR to help people handle pain
In 2011, a study on military burn victims revealed that SnowWorld, a VR game that allows users to throw snowballs at penguins while listening to Paul Simon, has provent more effective than morphine in pain management. Then now many doctors are using “distraction therapy” through virtual reality to help people handle pain while they undergo treatments, such as physical therapy.
VR helps people deal with anxiety attacks
There is a study shows that there are more than 40 million adults in the U.S. experience anxiety. However, with VR technology of today, these people can get over their anxiety. A virtual reality game named Deep, a digital version of a diaphragmatic exercise, looks to help them deall with fear and anxiet with the use of a belt that monitors their breathing. The game puts the users into a natural setting and guides them through deep belly breathing exercises, calming users in about 5 minutes.
VR brings a way to help people with autism develop social skills
People with autism usually have problems with their social skills, and to help these people to develop their social skills, some professors at the University of Texas in Dallas, USA have created a program that uses VR.
With this program, children, teens and young adults will be put in social scenarios (job interview or blind dates with avatars). Then they will learn how to pick up on social cues and respond appropriately.
VR helps architects and designers
Player in the construction space might get benefits from virtual reality when their architects and designers use VR tool to virtually inhabit spaces in 3D. Computer-generated images will replace hand-drawn renderings, ultimately reducing time spent reworking layouts and drawings, effectively increasing safety and reducing costs.