The Well: Virtual Reality Becomes Real

This is the second day of the MMVR17 conference and I spent hours in The Well that seems to be a huge success.

The Well is a space for one-on-one, laptop-based demos and select, large-scale technology displays. The Well complements the traditional commercial and academic exhibits, expanding the forum of ideas and devices. Demos in The Well will be scheduled and impromptu.

A few images, links and descriptions about the devices and tools we could see there.

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Philip Weber & Jacopo Annese PhD (The Brain Observatory, University of California, San Diego & CalIt)

Installation: The Digital Light Box is a scalable visualization environment for radiological and pathological examinations that enables researchers to visualize and inspect high resolution (gigabyte size) images created by multiple imaging modalities, including virtual microscopy.

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It was my personal favourite device today. It makes it quite easy to perform a proper intubation as the camera helps you how to navigate easily. More information here.

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The Virtual Reality Medical Center presented the next generation injury creation science. Such models can make simulations as realistic as possible. You can also trigger bleeding or simulate different types of injuries. Click here for more information.

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The project of Albert Rizzo demonstrates how post-traumatic stress disorders could be treated by using virtual reality therapy. You can see a military scene with weapon, if you stand on that square, you can feel the bombings and hear gunfire, etc. Read more about it here.

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Forterra Systems created a new environment for medical simulations. This platform is quite different from Second Life as it is a closed and secure system and many simulations have already been implemented into it. Communication is easy but, of course, it’s not for free.

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A prostethic arm from Hanger.com. Read more about their microprocessor controlled hydraulic knee in our interview.

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An XBOX based bronchoscopy simulation. If you are good at video games, you will find it easy to handle the device. Future surgeons should start with military games and video games that require major skills.

That’s for today. Stay tuned for more images tomorrow from The Salon.

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