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Developing the tools for practical VR applications [Medicine]

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Greenleaf, W.J. ; Greenleaf Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA, USA

VR tools and techniques are rapidly developing in the scientific, engineering, and medical areas. Although traditionally used as input devices to virtual worlds, instrumented gloves may become the tools of choice to measure, monitor, and amplify upper-extremity motion. While we have identified potential clinical applications to VR input devices, many technological challenges must be met before such devices can be made available for patient care. The innovators in medical VR will be called upon to refine technical efficiency and increase physical and psychological comfort and capability, while keeping an eye to reducing costs for health care. The mandate is complex, but like VR technology itself, the possibilities are exciting and promising

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 2 )