September 27, 2018
VRHealth has partnered with Oculus on a range of healthcare-focused virtual reality applications to be delivered via the latter’s hardware, the companies announced yesterday at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose, California.
The two VR companies are planning pain management offerings designed for mothers experiencing pain in labor and for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as...
February 9, 2018
Last night the Olympic Games kicked off in Pyeongchang South Korea. For many, the road to the games was filled hard work, training, and, increasingly, gadgets.
Olympic teams have turned to the latest technology to enhance performance and keep competitors safe. With athletes pushing their bodies to the limit, the event can be notoriously dangerous — in fact, the Olympics Committee and GE...
October 24, 2016
Sweden's largest private pharmacy, Apotek Hjärtat, has launched a virtual reality app on the Oculus Rift store. The app, called "Happy Place", is designed to use an immersive virtual world to distract patients from pain.
"Apotek Hjärtat want to be at the forefront when it comes to offering products and services that can help people feel better," Annika Svedberg, head pharmacist at Apotek...
May 23, 2016
The Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab will collaborate on a small clinical trial investigating the possibilities for virtual reality in treating conversion disorder. Participants will use special software developed by the VHIL, combined with the Oculus Rift, to inhabit a virtual avatar body.
Conversion disorder, also known as functional...
April 24, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo.
The company's high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user's daily activity using the phone's built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery. To keep track of where the user goes, Moves...
March 26, 2014
The multibillion dollar tech news this week is that Facebook is set to acquire virtual reality gaming company Oculus for more than $2 billion. During a call with reporters and analysts following the announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that while Oculus will continue to focus on gaming in the short term, the deal was more about placing a bet on the next big computing platform...