Virtual reality may help assuage those who have a fear of heights, according to a new report.
A French startup is exploring the use of (VR) virtual reality in hospitals as an alternative to anesthetics for minor operations, reporting “positive” feedback from early trials. Healthy Mind, the brainchild of three graduates in collaboration with psychiatrists and doctors, uses virtual environments to help ease the pain of smaller operations without the use of drugs while reducing the anxiety commonly felt in hospital environments.
Opening its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week, Apple announced a string of updates to its AR (augmented reality) framework ARKit - a key development in a field the tech company is pitching its long-term success on.
IDC forecasts Canada's hardware, software and services spending on virtual and augmented reality combined is set to total C$602 million by 2018, increasing to $8 billion by 2022.