Researchers have developed a more advanced application of virtual reality, which will settle on your table a set of virtual realistic spiders of different sizes and color. Spiders will even be able to interact with the real things that are on the table, crawl through books and other items to hide under the documents or just pieces of paper. This application will likely not need all the people, but the research team led by a special psychologist, hopes that it may well be a special treatment for the new level for individuals with unhealthy fear of spiders (arachnophobia), which manifests itself in a terrible fear of spiders.
Treatment of fear of spiders using virtual reality already exists, but this application is particularly realistic, it allows people to touch the virtual spider, raise them and let them crawl on his hand. "We need people may soon have a treatment for phobias with a new level of technology," said Adrian Clark, a programmer who worked on the application. He and his colleagues - part of the Technological Laboratory of Interface Members at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
To display a three-dimensional environment on your desk or any other table top, Clark and his colleagues are using the gadget Microsoft Kinect, which aims at the table from top to bottom. Kinect sends the information it sees the computer. The computer software that developed members of the laboratory, renders the spiders and spider determines the physics of interactions, creating a simulation of how the virtual spiders should behave in the real world, explains Clark. The computer sends data modeled pair of virtual reality sensors that project required a live image on the lenses of special glasses.
Members of the laboratory originally wrote the software in 2011 for a board game car racing, in which small virtual cars are projected directly on the countertop, realistic crashing in on the table books and even losing the paper slopes. "In order to adapt the software to the treatment of fear, we should have been, just replace the graphics cars on three-dimensional models of spiders and work on behavioral engine program for the replacement control toy cars for crawling spiders," says Clark.
"One of the features of virtual spiders - that their behavior is programmable. They may be intimidated by the user or become aggressive, depending on what the users want to see in their mode of interaction with virtual spiders, "says Clark news agency InnovationNewsDaily. Further development of the program with the help of psychologists may, for example, add more spiders to the stage, if the treatment the patient will progress.
The research laboratory has already shown an unofficial app arachnids at conferences, but has yet to release the finished version of the program for peer review. I suffer arachnophobia people who have experienced the program for yourself, there is a "wholly positive response," said Clark, who added that he is very pleased with the realism of his work. People who interact with virtual spiders, say they continue to feel the fear and disgust, even though they know that the long-legged "residents" who settled at their desks, they are not real.
Before Laboratory will present a ready and documented version of the program, they want to try out the software on multiple patients and volunteers to record their reactions. They are also working on some improvements to the software, says Clark, including the ability to squish spiders, if they kill that would help patients feel, if necessary, that they are fully owned by the situation.
Original: Physorg com