UK police launches first VR training programme

Gwent police force in Wales, UK has launched a VR training programme to try and get officers to think about the different options available to them in difficult and complex situations.

The programme represents the first time that a police force in the UK has officially announced the use of VR to train members of the police force. There have been four sessions since January, each of them focusing on different scenarios that require skills to identify controlling and coercive behaviour.

The training does not...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies.

NHS to offer VR treatment

A new project is looking to offer mental health patients in the UK an innovative psychological therapy on the National Health Service (NHS).

The project brings together the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the NHS, universities, as well as charities and companies. NIHR has awarded the project £4 million to use VR to help guide patients safely through situations that they find troubling.  

The project will be the first time that the technology has been utilised by the NHS.

The treatment...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.

VR, empathy & the refugee crises

In a TED talk in Spring 2015, Chris Milk made famous the idea that virtual reality can be “the ultimate empathy-machine” and we must look no further than The New York Times VR journalism to see the truth born from this claim.

“We can't bring donors or people to the field, but we bring the field to [them.] That's what's so great about...

By Daniel Cooke, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies.

VR-controlled robot disarms bombs

The narrative that robots are coming for all of our jobs often fails to mention one important fact: that there some jobs that no human really wants to be doing anyway.

One of those jobs being disarming bombs and explosives.

A robot called Taurus Dexterous, created by SRI International, has begun to remove humans from having to physically disarm and dispose of bombs, and therefore face a very real threat to their lives. While bomb disposal robots have been in use for a while now, Taurus is the first to utilise...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Hardware.

Can VR help with dementia?

It seems that one of the area aside from gaming where VR and AR can have the greatest impact is healthcare. The technology’s potential to radically alter the experience of patients, increase the efficiency of training and change the way healthcare professionals interact with patients.

But can the technology actually impact the way that people are treated, and lead to healthier people in certain situations?

Many nations around the world have begun to think about the consequences of an ageing population...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.

SyncThink releases VR concussion detection headset

Boston based SyncThink is looking to revolutionise the detection of concussions among athletes with the release of its EYE-SYNC headset.

The issue of concussions in sports such as American football has been growing in importance over the last few years, with concern rising over their widespread nature and the long-term damage they can cause.

For example, in July the New York Times published a study that...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.

Business VR use cases: travel, fashion, property and marketing

The rising popularity of VR is allowing numerous brands to benefit from its use as a business tool.

Estate agents, airlines, fashion brands and retailers alike are already using VR for marketing purposes and here are just a few examples of VR in business promotion:

See the world from home

The travel industry has made full use of VR. For example, Lufthansa has found a new way to entertain people waiting at their gate at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport.

travellers awaiting their flight could take a virtual jaunt to...

By Mariame Cisse, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Case Studies.

When tradition meets the cutting edge:VR comes to Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a sporting event like no other, it is quintessentially British and never fails to bring the public together for two weeks in July.

The event is about so much more than tennis, it is about patriotism, strawberries, fashion and passion. It’s also an event for which tickets are almost impossible to come by and for most, it is about replicating the energy of centre court by sharing a patch of grass with strangers and watching on a big screen.

But as one of the most watched and talked about...

By Matt Phelan, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Case Studies.

NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall first ‘virtual venue’

Social VR platform Endless Riff has announced a partnership with New York venue Rockwood Music Hall to create the first ‘virtual concert venue’.

The venue, which hosts over 450 shows a month and is famed for its sound and atmosphere, will begin livestreaming events this month.

“Rockwood Music Hall has been providing music lovers a home in New York City for more than a decade, with a focus on hot, up-and-coming acts,” Ken Rockwood, Rockwood Music Hall founder and owner,...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies.

Can VR help you quit smoking?

Giving up smoking is hard. So hard, in fact, that it often takes people years and many failed attempts before they successfully kick the habit.

Millions of dollars, years of research and a range of different therapeutic strategies have tried to find a silver bullet solution to the problem of nicotine addiction.

there are still over 1 billion active smokers worldwide

Yet, the World Health Organisation estimates that there are still over 1 billion active smokers worldwide and that the practice results in 6...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 June 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.