How we built the world’s first virtual reality ‘vapor’ app
By leveraging AI to design VR apps, a group of Australian researchers have created the first ever virtual reality app for people who want to stay connected and experience a “real” world.
The app, called Voluntary Ambulance, has been designed to help people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
“We’re hoping to create a platform that helps people feel better and that helps them understand what they are experiencing,” Dr. James Butler, director of the Australian Research Council-funded project, said in a statement.
“It’s also about helping people to take control of their own lives, so they don’t have to take the role of the ambulance and the doctor, but instead to take a lead role.”
The app’s developers are trying to get the technology to work on a variety of issues, including treating depression and post-surgical anxiety, which is one of the leading causes of disability in the world.
Voluntary Ambulation is already available on iOS and Android devices.
It uses a “virtual reality headset” to create realistic virtual worlds where users can interact with a virtual paramedic in real time, rather than in a simulated ambulance.
The VR app is designed to allow people to experience the world without having to worry about being strapped in.
It will also allow people who have a medical condition to see a virtual avatar of their doctor, who can give advice on the right treatment and advice on how to treat symptoms in the real world.
“If you want to experience something you want, you can choose to have a virtual assistant help you,” Dr Butler said.
“You can go out and explore and play, and you can see a lot of people who don’t know how to do this.”
Voluntary, which also works with other organisations and companies to develop VR products, is currently working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to create software for the app.
The app will be available on Android and iOS devices starting later this year.
“This is a great platform for people to be able to experience these real world experiences, to get feedback, to be empowered and have more control of the way they think and the way that they interact with their surroundings,” Dr Thomas Pugh, co-founder of Voluntary, said.
Volunteers are the best way to get help, says the Australian Medical Association”Voluntary and other VR apps have already helped people who were in a terrible situation, but in this instance they’ve also been used to help patients who were suffering in the same way.”
Volunteering with a volunteer can help people to get through their crisis, to see what they need to get out of their life, to take that first step and get out the door and get back on their feet.
“Volunteered doctors and other medical professionals will also be able use the VR app to talk to each other and interact with patients.
Voluntarily Ambulence is a collaboration between researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia, as well as a number of other universities around the country.
Voluntour is a project led by the University Of Queensland.
The team said the app will eventually be able “to be used by hundreds of thousands of people across the world”.”
Voluntouring is an example of how VR apps are being used to improve care, but the potential benefits are still unclear.””
It’s a platform for the VR team to learn, and for us to build something that can be used for real world situations.”
Voluntouring is an example of how VR apps are being used to improve care, but the potential benefits are still unclear.
“What we know is that VR has potential to be transformative, but there’s a lot to learn from the existing experience,” Dr Stephen Goulburn, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University and an expert in the development of VR applications, told TechCrunch.
“I think VR is a relatively new form of computing and VR is something that has the potential to really change how we do health care and to really improve the way we provide care.”
Dr Butler said Voluntour would help people see the world through a virtual lens.
“Virtual reality is the best platform to see the real worlds,” he said.
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