Tuesday, March 13, 2007

'Virtual Iraq' to aid in treating post traumatic stress disorder

Inside 'virtual' Iraq. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Reading)Kinda cool. Basically, a holo-deck for helping desensitize soldiers to their combat experience by using exposure therapy.

"Professor Paul Sharkey, a Director of the University of Reading's Visualisation Centre has been working with Professors Albert "Skip" Rizzo and Jarrell Pair from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to port the software – which recreates the sights, smells, sounds and jolts of the battlefield – from USC's headset-delivered application to one which can be delivered via a fully immersive 3mtr × 3mtr virtual room (called the ReaCToR) at Reading's Visualisation Centre. "


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