Augmented reality & virtual reality

Extended reality applications like virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality transform the practice of medicine. We report on their widespread use – from the use in the operating room to clinical medicine, drug development, medical training and education, to treatment in pain management, psychology and psychiatry.

Wearable haptics make virtual objects feel real

Wearable haptics make virtual objects feel real

Researchers have created soft actuators that can simulate the feeling of touching a virtual object with your fingers.

Closer threats inspire a more primitive kind of fear

Closer threats inspire a more primitive kind of fear

Using VR to make threats appear near or far is what makes it harder to extinguish the fear of a close-up threat and more likely that you’ll have some long-term stress from the experience.

Virtual reality takes the 'work' out of workouts

Virtual reality takes the 'work' out of workouts

If you want to exercise harder, enjoy it more and feel it less, pull on a VR headset and plug in some upbeat tunes.

First AR minimally-invasive spine surgery

First AR minimally-invasive spine surgery

Dr. Frank Phillips, Professor and Director of the Division of Spine Surgery and the Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, completed the first augmented reality (AR) minimally invasive spine surgery.

Ocutrx unveiled 8K AR surgery system

Ocutrx unveiled 8K AR surgery system

Ocutrx Vision Technologies has released a new system that provides the most modern options for surgery visualization designed to make it easier for surgeons to perform procedures.

VR study: our visual world of color is incorrect

VR study: our visual world of color is incorrect

A study finds that people are aware of surprisingly limited color in their peripheral vision; much of our sense of a colorful visual world is likely constructed by our brain.

Virtual reality simulation improves cardiovascular interventions

Virtual reality simulation improves cardiovascular interventions

Engineers are developing a massive fluid dynamics simulator that can model blood flow through the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution.

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