Virtual reality (VR) is only just starting to act on its potential to improve the world of healthcare. So far in 2015 the technology has seen its first 360 degree recording of a surgery and even been deployed in a UK hospital to help better understand treating patients. Developer Cubicle Ninjas are also serious about the medical applications of its VR relaxation experience, Guided Meditation VR. As such the developer will be showcasing the title as the 2015 HIMSS15 event in McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA this week.
Running until 16th April 2015, HIMSS15 is a conference that looks at using IT to improve health. Guided Meditation VR will be located at the Innovation Pavilion booth, promoting itself to those interested in enhancing healthcare facilities. In development for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), the title allows players to visit a rainy Birchnut Forest, a tropical beach setting at Costa Del Sol, a desert area named Cosmo Canyon and the peaceful Yokosuka Garden. Each area allows the user to simply relaxing, taking in picturesque sights.
“We are excited to create VR experiences that make people happier and positively impact their daily lives,” states Josh Farkas, CEO of Cubicle Ninjas. “Guided Meditation VR is a powerful tool for healthcare facilities to use as one component of their patient care model. Happier patients are known to heal faster, less likely to be readmitted, and more satisfied.”
VRFocus will continue to follow Guided Meditation VR, reporting back with the latest updates on it.