The Virtual Iraq simulation, which runs on desktop PCs using head-mounted displays, recreates the sights, sounds and even smells of the battlefield, allowing soldiers to relive and confront their experiences in a controlled, physician-monitored environment, according to Dr. Skip Albert Rizzo, research professor and research scientist with ICT and one of the developer’s of the simulation. “This lets them back to Iraq in a very gradual fashion — that’s the beauty of simulation,” Rizzo says. “When they’re in a VR environment, we can put them back in that world and it takes the onus off of talk therapy.”
Virtual Iraq puts patients in three scenarios: In the desert in a Humvee, in a Middle Eastern city and in a village. Patients get immersed in the environment and the clinician can then escalate the experience with a mouse click based on the individual patient’s response. “It’s not an automated, self-help therapy, it’s a tool that in the hands of a trained clinician can be used to good effect,” Rizzo says.
There are approximately 20 sites in the U.S. working with the system, which can be assembled for under $8,000.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.