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Last night Annie and I were invited to check out a local VR Therapy lab and we jumped at the chance.

The main focus of the labs was helping the PTSD, but they also had programs for fears such as flying and public speaking.

They had a few systems they used regularly. The first was made by eMagin, a company I had not heard of.

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It looked a lot like the one I’ve had since the 90’s but with a slightly better resolution.

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The second setup was a lot more modern, one of the Sony 3D Home Theaters

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This headset was the best you could get in the consumer market for years, but it offers poor field of view and the head tracking as to be added separately, that’s what the blue attachment is.

The chairs sat on platforms with bass shakers installed to give rudimentary haptics.

Annie used that more then I did, but I didn’t think to get a picture. In fact, I wouldn’t have gotten any photos at all has she not thought of it.

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The setup was primitive but effective, their main focus was helping people and I can appreciate that.

The only piece of equipment I had not seen before was a scent station.

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According to the Doctor that invited us, the machine could produce about 6 smells like diesel fuel and fire. I was interested in seeing it in action but it had been a while since they last used it and wasn’t ready to go.

I can understand that, smells are great and will one day be part of haptics but they linger so changing them quickly is still beyond anyone’s ability to my knowledge.

Still, it would have been awesome to try. Maybe next time.

I didn’t get any pictures but they had a sensory deprivation room as well.

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This didn’t bring everything to zero but it helped block out most distractions. It didn’t seem to be air tight, but it did have oxygen pumped in… interesting.

On our way out from that room, the Doctor showed us the older tech, something she was sure we wouldn’t find very interesting JUST A VFX3D!

I squeeled like Justin Beiber just walked in the room.

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The VFX is the same HMD that the US Postal Service made the face of Virtual Reality in the 90s.

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It may look a little unwieldy, but it’s a good design the most comfortable headset I’ve used. They had modified the insides to use the emagin optics from the first photo, but I don’t blame them, I would have too.

After our tour we showed the doctor what was happening with consumer Vr and she was blown away by the progress that’s been made in such a short period.

A lot of changes are coming to the way the professional side of things is going to use this tech, it’s going to help make a lot of people feel better.

It was a great night for everyone, we hope to go back again.