Real-world stores may be the first step to Meta’s Metaverse

Metaverse - Person trying VR in store

The social media giant is considering brick-and-mortar shops to showcase VR and AR tech. One of the primary goals of Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) is to develop and grow the Metaverse, but it looks like they might need to go old-school before they can plunge ahead. Mark Zuckerberg seems to be planning a foundation of physical stores before the virtual world opens. Meta has been discussing opening retail stores worldwide, according to sources cited by The New York Times. The primary goal of these brick-and-mortar shops will…

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Virtual reality for pain can be helpful in inpatient settings

Virtual reality for pain - doctor wearing VR headset

A recent review of VR studies shows that the technology offers substantial painkilling benefits. A recent meta analysis of studies examining virtual reality for pain has shown that VR can be helpful in painkilling. This was the case in 12 of the 18 studies that were examined in the analysis. The review focused on VR technology when used in inpatient settings for help in acute pain relief. The review of studies determined that virtual reality for pain that was acute and in which the treatment was combined with late sedation…

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Virtual reality for seniors helps people in long term care homes stay in touch

Virtual reality for seniors - VR equipment

The technology has made it easier for residents to stay safely connected during the pandemic. As the pandemic continues to leave many people isolated, virtual reality for seniors can help those living in long term care homes and assisted living homes feel less confined. Residents of a growing number of facilities are gaining access to VR tech. Virtual reality for seniors is available at locations such as The Summit in Hockessin, Delaware and The Virginian, in Fairfax, Virginia, among others. It allows them to experience activities and stay connected in…

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New device provides simulated sensation of solid objects in virtual reality systems

Virtual reality systems - People using VR

The gadget attaches strings to the hands and fingers to provide a user with haptic feedback. The current virtual reality systems are able to provide impressive and immersive experiences in terms of what you can see and often what is heard as well. However, there is rarely much more than that. That said, a new device has made it possible for users to feel simulated solid objects with their fingers. A new device makes it possible to give virtual reality systems users the ability to feel essentially anything, from walls…

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Firefighter VR training may play a vital role in combating future wildfires

VR Training - Firefighter

Virtual reality could help give these emergency workers with a head start without water, damage or smoke. The entire world has been watching the devastation as Australia burns under record bushfires, but VR training could help to prepare firefighters for future events. The risk of wildfires is rising with climate change trends and more trained responders will be needed. The problem is far from unique to Australia. California has had record wildfires with intensities never seen before. Parts of Canada, other areas in the United States, regions of Europe, and…

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