Virtual reality (VR) is set to make a huge impact on the entertainment industry in the future, but the technology’s greatest potential arguably lies within health and medicine. Samsung, the company behind the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD), is proving that with its newly-revealed Project eMotion. The Italian arm of the company, Samsung Italia, has teamed up with the Santa Maria Goretti Hospital to offer a unique experiment that transports hospitalised children to an amusement park. A video of the project can be seen below.
As reported by Liberty Voice, children at the hospital are being given the chance to strap on a Gear VR and visit the Movieland Park. The project is designed to help raise children’s spirits during stays in the hospital, allowing them to virtually step outside of their immediate environment. The experience consists of 360 degree videos of a range of attractions at the park and has already been successful in improving moods and more. The kit was not only well received by children but also their parents, who also have the chance to sample the project.
It’s a promising start to a potentially revolutionary project, and something that will hopefully pick up steam as improved versions of the Gear VR, such as the upcoming edition that adds support for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones, are made available. Gear VR co-creator Oculus VR has also confirmed that the full consumer edition of the HMD is on the way this year, which will hopefully help spread Project eMotion to other hospitals around the globe.
Other uses for VR within health and medicine include using HMDs to put viewers in patient’s shoes and even carrying out surgeries filmed in 360 degrees for accurate analysis of operations. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all uses for VR, reporting back with the latest updates on them.