New virtual reality simulation takes you into the US nuclear bunker

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The experience simulates a nuclear attack in which 299 missiles are aimed at the US mainland from Russia. Nuclear Biscuit, a virtual reality simulation, is providing US officials with the opportunity to react to an artificial missile attack to determine what consequences would result from their decisions. The experience lets the VR user experience what a US president would need to do in a nuclear crisis. The Nuclear Biscuit provides a virtual reality simulation in which the VR user is the US president and must react as they would in…

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Facebook faces challenges to its virtual reality remote work goals

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Cost and the nausea-inducing nature of the technology are among the biggest hurdles to the experience. Facebook has been working on the development of tools that could theoretically provide the capacity for a virtual reality remote work experience. That said, this technology has a number of challenges which must be overcome before it will become practical for employees to use to feel that they’re collaborating in the same space, even in a digital ecosystem. These challenges will need to be overcome to convince workplaces to adopt this technology. Overcoming the…

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Pandemic spikes popularity of virtual reality travel

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As lockdowns slammed borders and tourism hot spots shut, people continue to want to see the world. Virtual reality travel hasn’t come anywhere close to replacing in-person tourism, but it has rapidly spiked in popularity since the pandemic started. VR technology has made it possible for people to experience sites from around the world, without having to leave a living room. As countries closed borders in response to pandemic waves, people remained curious about the world. That said, just because it wasn’t possible or safe to see the various sites…

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Virtual reality for pain can be helpful in inpatient settings

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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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Viewing virtual reality nature programs can improve wellbeing, study

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New research has shown that just watching VR or high-quality video of natural scenes boosts the mood. Watching virtual reality nature programs or even just high-quality video has the capacity to boost people’s moods, reduce negative emotions and help ease boredom related with isolation or remaining indoors for long periods of time. These were the findings of a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The research showed that virtual reality nature viewing had notably greater benefits than simply watching it on a high-resolution TV screen, which did…

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