What is Virtual reality?
According to Gartner, Virtual reality (VR) provides a computer-generated 3D environment that surrounds a user and responds to that individual’s actions in a natural way, usually through immersive head-mounted displays and head tracking. Gloves providing hand tracking and haptic (touch sensitive) feedback may be used as well. Room-based systems provide a 3D experience for multiple participants; however, they are more limited in their interaction capabilities. VR is used in many fields. In the medical field, VR rehabilitation technology makes use of simulation of the real world to meet various requirements for effective medical intervention to achieve the best results using the video game controller and the moving sensor.
Virtual reality for rehabilitation of stroke patients
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced its plans to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) rehabilitation in physiotherapy for stroke patients, patients suffering from balance disorder and children with developmental disorders, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's syndrome.
Scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this innovative technique in the rehabilitation and treatment of many such cases. In the treatment of balance disorder, virtual reality is a safe and effective alternative to conventional therapy to improve the balance in patients. Patients reported that they enjoyed VR therapy without suffering from side effects, and with increased motivation.
Training centre using virtual reality
Dubai Municipality launched a smart training centre, which offers hands-on training using the environment of virtual reality. The techniques of the centre will enable the trainees to implement the urban planning rules and the setting up of building regulations as well as performing the land surveying tasks while they are inside the training room.
Using VR to explore the Barakah nuclear energy plant
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) uses the latest virtual reality technology to offer a virtual tour of the Barakah nuclear energy plant situated almost 300 kilometres from Abu Dhabi City in the Al Dhafra region of the emirate.
People can explore the reactor building, turbine hall and the main control room of the Barakah plant. They can also experience the fission chain reaction, the making of nuclear fuel assemblies, the process of electricity generation and more.
Updated on 09 May 2019