Mixed reality is just beginning to expand its capabilities. What started as a way to fully immerse players in gaming has become quite the revolution in the tech industry. The power mixed reality has over the future is exciting just for the new and unique ways this technology can change the world as we know it. As its capabilities expand, the solutions it can provide outside of the entertainment industry are astounding. From PTSD treatments to easing anxiety and even touring past centuries, mixed reality is here to stay and it’s committed to creating one of a kind experiences. Read on to learn more about how mixed reality is being used to change the world.
Making Dentistry Less Painful
Studies have shown that patients immersed in mixed reality scenarios such as beach scenes or something similarly calming, experience less pain during dental procedures. The calming effects of the scenes shown helped distract patients from the stress, so they could focus on calming themselves which would otherwise have been impossible.
Aiding Employee Training
Think all work training is boring? Think again. Walmart has started using mixed reality as a way to help employees encounter real life scenarios to increase the accuracy of their trainings. Trainees can experience grumpy customers, disorderly inventory, and even the stress of an holiday rush, so they can better prepare for the situations.
Regaining Bodily Functions for Paraplegics
Duke University recently discovered the ground-breaking benefits mixed reality can have on paraplegics. By wearing headsets and virtually moving through stadiums, the patients were able to regain some functionality to their limbs. Some patients even experienced such a return of mobility that they were no longer considered fully paraplegic.
Most PTSD patients are asked to recount their trauma in controlled situations to address stressors and learn ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety. Mixed reality can now do the same thing but in a different way. The headsets create a visual world the patient can interact with, including customized elements to help them progress towards their goals.
Training Medical Students
Imagine you’re a medical student studying to be a surgeon. Operating for the first time on an individual must be terrifying, especially with the stress of knowing their life is in your hands. Literally. Mixed reality can help these students operate under a variety of conditions to help them work through problems or hesitations that may arise without ever endangering an actual patient.
Developing Social Skills
This is especially useful for children and teens with anxiety or who are on the autism spectrum. This allows children, teens, and adults to encounter social scenarios in a safe, controlled environment while allowing them to learn to pick up social cues, the proper reactions, and simply become more comfortable with their skills.