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Virtual reality helps measure vulnerability to stress

virtual reality helps measure vulnerability to stress

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We all react to stress in different ways. A sudden loud noise or flash of light can elicit different degrees of response from people, which indicates that some of us are more susceptible to the impact of stress than others.
Any event that causes stress is called a “stressor.” Our bodies are equipped to handle acute exposure to stressors, but chronic exposure can result in mental disorders, e.g. anxiety and depression and even physical changes, e.g. cardiovascular alterations as seen in hypertension or stroke-disorders.
There has been significant effort to find a way to identify people who would be vulnerable to develop stress-related disorders. The problem is that most of that research has relied on self-reporting and subjective clinical rankings, or exposing subjects to non-naturalistic environments. Employing wearables and other sensing technologies have made some headway in the elderly and at-risk individuals, but given how different our lifestyles are, it has been hard to find objective markers of psychogenic disease.
Approaching the problem with VR
Now, behavioral scientists led by Carmen Sandi at EPFL’s School of Life Sciences have developed a virtual-reality (VR) method that measures a person’s susceptibility to psychogenic stressors. Building from previous animal studies, the …

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Just Jump to unveil virtual reality system at Bristol location

just jump to unveil virtual reality system at bristol location

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Just Tump Trampoline Park at the Pinnacle in Bristol will unveil their new Hologate Virtual Reality system, plus various other upgrades, at 2 p.m. Friday.In a press release, the company said this will be Bristol’s first virtual reality attraction. The system will include multiple games suitable for players of any age.The company said it has used the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown to make upgrades to its park, replacing worn furniture, equipment, dodgeballs, basketballs, kiddie area plyo-balls and foam.New features have also been added to the obstacle course, including monkey bars, a rope swing and cargo climbing nets. Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks and a BEAM projector interactive game have also been added to the kiddie area.According to the press release, the ribbon cutting will feature Beth Hutton, the CEO of Just Jump Trampoline Park; Bristol, Va. Mayor Bill Hartley; Bristol, Tenn. Mayor Mahlon Lattrell and the CEO and Vice President of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.The ribbon cutting will occur at 2 p.m. Friday at 315 Bristol West Blvd in Bristol, Tenn.

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Facebook faces accusations of suppressing Rival Startups in the Virtual Reality Market

facebook faces accusations of suppressing rival startups in the virtual reality market

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American social media conglomerate corporation Facebook Inc. has been accused by Virtual-reality startups of using a familiar playbook to muscle out rivals. Virtual reality could be the digital platform of the future, and these accusations on Facebook have prompted a new line of scrutiny from U.S. competition enforcers.Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion, which has helped them on the way to becoming the world’s biggest virtual-reality hardware maker. But the Justice Department’s antitrust division has now been drawn towards its practices, according to two people familiar with the matter.This new investigation of Facebook’s virtual-reality business reflects broader concerns that the company has grown too powerful. During a hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, one U.S. lawmaker assigned the company’s supremacy to a simple tactic: Copy, acquire, and kill any company that seems like a competitive threat.Facebook is pushing hard to establish its presence in virtual reality. Simultaneously, software developers and startup founders say that the company is now using that same playbook to undermine competition there. The Virtual reality market represents a unique opportunity for the social media pioneer to lead the world into the next state-of-the-art platform.- Advertisement – …

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Commonwealth Senior Living Brings MyndVR’s Virtual Reality Program to its 33 Communities

commonwealth senior living brings myndvr’s virtual reality program to its 33 communities

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Senior Living (“Commonwealth”) announces that it has partnered with MyndVR to bring its virtual reality program to all of its senior living communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee. MyndVR is an advanced virtual reality system designed specifically for seniors featuring immersive experiences in the fields of travel, pets, music/arts, nature, learning, and adventure. Content includes both licensed and original features for users to enjoy.
“Commonwealth has built a national reputation for bringing innovative new technologies into our communities,” said Earl Parker, President and COO of Commonwealth Senior Living. “Since our founding in 2002, our team has continuously raised the bar for providing our residents with incredible programming that enhances their quality of life. The introduction of MyndVR to Commonwealth demonstrates our commitment to introducing research-based programs that will have a positive impact on our residents and their families.”  
Over the past decade, Commonwealth has invested in creative and innovative technologies to help residents thrive and prosper. Among these include Eversound, an interactive communications tool, SMILE™, and others. MyndVR provides over 180 immersive virtual reality experiences including licensed content and MyndVR original programs.
Paula Harder, Vice President of Resident Programs at Commonwealth added; “The health …

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Virtual reality offers 360-degree preview into Seattle Kraken’s Climate Pledge Arena

virtual reality offers 360-degree preview into seattle kraken’s climate pledge arena

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A KING 5 exclusive: A VR tour through the future home of the Seattle Kraken, from the ice to the scoreboard and to the bar.

SEATTLE — It’s enough to prompt a reporter’s palms to get sweaty.

With the push of a button, Seattle Kraken Senior Vice President Bill Chapin takes you six stories in the air, straight over the ice.

“How about the rigging grid?” he says with the excitement of a child on Christmas Day. “Whoa!”

And yes, as we “stood” on top of the new arena at Seattle Center, this reporter’s palms started to perspire.

It was the first look, in virtual reality, and in living color, at the completed Climate Pledge Arena.

Chapin’s tour has been playing out for several weeks, as he has been selling clients on high end suites, and giving them a sneak preview of the finished product.

It starts at center ice, where the NHL’s Seattle Kraken are set to drop the puck in 2021.

“Almost 60 feet down, you can see the depth and breadth, but the scale of in the intimacy as well.” 

The VR tour, visible through Oculus Quest glasses, allows a look around in 360 degrees.

Push another button, and Chapin can take …

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A New Virtual Reality Test Can Measure Your Vulnerability To Stress

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You can take a virtual reality test to measure your vulnerability to stress.

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Everybody reacts to stress in different ways. A sudden loud noise or flash of light can elicit different degrees of response from people, which indicates that some of us are more susceptible to the impact of stress than others. An event that causes stress is called a “stressor.” Our bodies are equipped to handle acute exposure to stressors, but chronic exposure can compromise our mental health such as anxiety disorders and depression or even physical changes in the form of cardiovascular alterations as seen in hypertension or stroke-disorders. And in some work environments, these mental health difficulties can interfere with work engagement, performance and productivity.
How stressed are you? No more guess work. Scientists have developed an innovative test that measures how vulnerable you are to stress. In a new study, behavioral scientists tested 135 participants who were immersed in three different virtual reality (VR) scenarios. The results yielded a virtual reality test that can asses your vulnerability to stress while you explore a virtual environment. This is one of the first such tools that doesn’t rely on a subjective evaluation. Plus, …

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ILCOIN Launches Blockchain-Powered VR First on Steam

ilcoin launches blockchain-powered vr first on steam

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VR gaming is part of a larger trend where revenues for gaming reach $139 billion annually, growing upwards of 9.7% year after year. Growth projections see the market at $200 billion in annual revenues by 2022. 
“Games are more than just fun for us. We have quite a few developments. The game provides a unique possibility for us to enter a market which we think holds great opportunity,” said Ramiro Falo Vélez, CEO at SYDYG. “The gaming industry is a market already worth several billions of dollars in which an effectively working blockchain technology could achieve great results since the gamers pay countless times for new experiences during the games. Why not make these transactions in cryptocurrency?”In this climate, Age of ILCOIN has an experienced team behind it to offer both an immersive VR experience and a blockchain-enabled game economy. This Oculus-ready game drew in work from several teams and companies. Age of ILCOIN is coming to the Oculus app store in the very near future and when the game launches, it will be the first blockchain-powered game published on Steam, adding another dimension to in-game purchases.This game was developed by SYDYG (the project leader and owner of ILCOIN), SPECTER, FOCKAGAMES, NEON …

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BISim to work with British Army on second phase Virtual Reality In-Land Training program

bisim to work with british army on second phase virtual reality in-land training program

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In Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality NewsDecember 2, 2020 – Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a provider of simulation and training solutions for defense and civilian organizations, has recently announced that it has signed on to continue working with the British Army for the second phase of the Virtual Reality In-Land Training (VRLT2) pilot program, a pathfinder project for the Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP).In February 2019, the British Army selected BISim to lead the VRLT1 program to examine the value that virtual reality (VR) could have for defense training. Almost two years on, the biggest difference between VRLT1 and VRLT2 according to BISim is that now the technology is able to demonstrate the training of Soldiers at the Company level, involving up to 90 trainees.BISim is serving as the technology partner for the program alongside QinetiQ Training and Simulation as the prime contractor and training delivery partner. The team is using VBS4, BISim’s whole-earth virtual and constructive simulation, in order to deliver new training capabilities through VR.“VR is giving Soldiers a more immersive simulation training experience,” said Rusty Orwin, BISim’s Head of Sales – UK and Ireland and a former British Army Infantry Major. “Soldiers in VR are more engaged, taking …

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