Halloween may be over, but the augmented reality chills are not over for some people. Arachnophobes courageously face their fears by adopting a university study of augmented reality spiders.
Wayne State University's Stress, Trauma and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC) has used Hololens 1 to make virtual spiders appear close to humans a digital version of traditional exposure therapy where therapists show people dreadful objects, until they learn to deal with them.
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Augmented Reality Therapy The device tested by the clinic uses Hololens 1 and an unnamed Hololens app, which is part of the North Carolina Developer CrossComm was created. According to the clinic team, this method could also be used for other topics such as PTSD and substance abuse (a treatment that has been successful in similar applications with VR devices and software).
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This type of situational therapy with virtual objects can also help people deal with other fears, such as a place that most people will eventually have to enter: the dental office , Several years ago, the University of Washington put virtual reality headphones on the patient's journey to the dental office. The study found that the VR device helped to distract patients from toothache.
Wayne State University's new therapy will be marketed by a startup called xR Therapeutics and will eventually use the larger field of view of Hololens 2 to give users a better view of virtual objects. Next, the team plans to add a 3D speech picture of a person to help patients overcome their social phobias. The app will also add an expanded "Dreaded Objects Library" containing humans, snakes, dogs, cats, clutter, dirt, fireworks and lightning. Our worst fears seem to be able to become "virtually" real, but hopefully they can all be overcome.