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New Realities Are Upon Us

March 27, 2017

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, about 20 percent of the 2.7 million veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom remain psychologically scarred from their …

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Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Battling Post Traumatic Stress

March 24, 2017

We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Technology Empowerment campaign where we united with likeminded industry leaders to showcase how technology innovation can improve businesses and personal …

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Experts Set to Meet with Fed Governments About Need for VR Ethics, More Research

March 24, 2017

Virtual worlds are coming for humanity and a group of researchers and technologists wants to make sure we’re ready when they arrive. Next week, three …

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Let Robots Handle Your Emotional Burnout at Work

March 23, 2017

In this How We Get to Next piece, writer Meeri Kim talks about emotional labor, robots, and more with ICT’s Jonathan Gratch. Read the full …

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The Power of VR as an ‘Empathy Machine’ and Office Holodeck

March 21, 2017

There are now a plethora of VR platforms for the mass market: Oculus, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and more. With the costs …

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Take a Peek Under the Helmet of Virtual Reality at SXSW

March 19, 2017

“It’s really about seeding one or more of your senses to someone else’s synthetic environment. And right now you’re seeing mostly gaming applications. You’re not …

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Latest Tech Rules at SXSW Conference

March 17, 2017

KOAA NBC in Colorado features a segment on South by Southwest 2017, the conference in which tech companies take the opportunity to showcase their latest innovations in …

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How Virtual Reality is Helping Heal Soldiers with PTSD

March 16, 2017

NBC News investigates what it’s like for a veteran living with PTSD, and talks with Dr. Skip Rizzo about his mission to help treat those …

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These VR Systems Help Treat Veterans Recovering from PTSD

March 16, 2017

Bloomberg sits down with Dr. Skip Rizzo to learn more about Bravemind and how veterans are using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to help recover from …

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Survivors Share Horrors of the Holocaust Through New Technology

March 15, 2017

The Toronto Star highlights ICT and USC Shoa Foundation’s project bringing Holocaust survivors in front of museumgoers virtually. Image Credit: The Toronto Star 

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Psychologists Using Virtual Reality to Heal PTSD Patients

March 15, 2017

Virtual reality is no longer reserved for entertainment and gamers, its helping solve real-world problems. Some of the latest advancements are being demonstrated at South by …

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Beware Emotional Robots: Giving Feelings to Artificial Beings Could Backfire, Study Suggests

March 13, 2017

In the recent movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the face of the character Grand Moff Tarkin was constructed digitally, as the actor who had …

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How Climbing Mt. Everest in VR Helped Me Treat My Crippling Fear of Heights

March 11, 2017

Upload VR’s Spencer Fawcett describes his experience using VR to help conquer his life-long fear of heights. In this piece, he describes the phenomenon that …

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The CG Actors in ‘Logan’ You Never Knew Were There

March 6, 2017

When Rogue One was released late last year, it ignited a new discussionabout the digital resurrection of deceased actors, in that case, Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, and it …

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VR & Healthcare – Dr. VR Will See You Now

March 2, 2017

Virtual Reality is changing the face of the healthcare. Various fields of medicine currently use VR technology to help improve teaching and learning for doctors, …

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Forever Young: How CGI Could Raise a Celebrity’s Estate Tax

February 28, 2017

CGI technology is being used primarily by film studios for specific projects, and the studio—not the celebrity—owns the image rights, said Kathleen Haase, producer for …

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Digital Doubles: Bringing Actors Back to Life

February 26, 2017

It’s a technological miracle of sorts — actors seemingly performing from beyond the grave. How do they do it? Call it a “double take,” as …

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Chinese Medical Centers Use Virtual Reality to Cure Drug Addiction

February 26, 2017

For many years, virtual reality simulations have been used to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) phobias or fears. Skip Rizzo, a research scientist …

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Virtual Clinic Strives to Facilitate Access to Health Care Advice

February 23, 2017

The Daily Trojan features two USC institutes developing a Virtual Care Clinic to bring the health care system online. The USC Center for Body Computing and …

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Exclusive: Why can’t we stream full Super Bowl in VR – IEEE expert explains game-changing tech

February 18, 2017

Key IEEE member Todd Richmond explains the future of AR/VR tech and its impact on live-streaming sporting events like NFL Super Bowl. Read the full …

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Virtual Reality Now Used for Drug Addiction and PTSD Treatment

February 11, 2017

Virtual reality is one of the newest types of treatment being used to help individuals with disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or drug …

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Healthcare VR Innovations are Healing Patients

February 10, 2017

Immersive multimedia, hybrid realities and computer-generated sensory experiences place doctors and patients into fantasy worlds. Our fascination with digital cameras has evolved into a curiosity …

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Actors, Teachers, Therapists – Think Your Job is Safe from AI? Think Again.

February 9, 2017

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and inexpensive computing power, jobs that once weren’t considered good candidates for automation suddenly are. The …

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Brain-computer Connection Unlocks Possibilities, Both Good and Bad

February 7, 2017

Voice of America’s Elizabeth Lee sits down with Todd Richmond to discuss the possibilities, and more. Check out video footage and the full article here.

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Can VR Help Cure Mental Health Issues?

February 6, 2017

Alphr talks with Skip Rizzo about Bravemind and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy as a way to help treat mental health issue. Read the full article …

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If You’re Hoping to Watch All of the Super Bowl in VR, Sorry!

February 5, 2017

ICT’s Todd Richmond talks with CNET’s Terry Collins about VR’s involvement in the 2017 Super Bowl. Read the full article on CNET.

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Virtual Reality Expanding in Phobia and PTSD Therapy, Education, Gaming

January 31, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo talks with reporter Irene Cruz about the ways in which VR continues to expand. Watch the segment on KXTV out of Sacramento, …

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Virtual Reality Can Make the Pain of Surgery Easier to Bear

January 31, 2017

An in-depth read, featuring a cameo from Skip Rizzo. Read the full article on The Atlantic.

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How Virtual Experiences Induce Real-World Adrenaline

January 30, 2017

Mashable talks with ICT’s Thomas B. Talbot about the effects of VR on the body and brain. Read more on Mashable.

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Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality – Promise and Peril for Education

January 24, 2017

Written by Todd Richmond for Engadget, this piece explores academia’s role in Virtual, Augmented, and Virtual Reality (VAMR). Read the full article on Engadget.

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How to Become a Unity Developer for VR and AR

January 23, 2017

Demand for VR and AR development skills in the enterprise is rising. Here’s how you can tap into a career in this growing field, with …

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Interactive Ultrasounds Will Change Your Health Very Soon

January 22, 2017

The Missouri Injury Blog explores how cutting-edge technology will change the health care system, featuring ICT’s Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy as one of the new …

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A Look Back: For 8 Years, President Obama Touted Merits of Art for Change

January 20, 2017

From the moment President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama entered the White House, they have reimagined how the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue can be utilized …

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6 Ways Virtual Reality Will Soon Change Your Health Very Soon

January 19, 2017

The Daily Mail explores various ways in which VR will change the health care industry. Read the full article on Daily Mail that mentions ICT’s …

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USC’s Virtual Care Clinic is a Step in the Future of Technology-Driven Health Care

January 17, 2017

In 2026, going to the doctor might be as easy as opening an app in your smartphone. At least, that’s what cardiologist Leslie Saxon hopes. Saxon, the …

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USC Researches Conduct Study on Trustworthiness

January 13, 2017

The Daily Trojan features a piece uncovering the findings of a study about trustworthiness. ICT’s Gale Lucas talks more about the research, read the full …

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Marines Say ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis May Temper Trump

January 12, 2017

ICT’s Managing Director Clarke Lethin talks about his time served with General James Mattis. Read the full article on KPBS.

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It’s Time for VR to Cut the Cord

January 12, 2017

For VR to stick, the next generation of headsets have to become wireless. ICT’s Todd Richmond talks with GearBrain more about the reality of where …

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The Ultimate Skinner Box: Clinical Virtual Reality 1990-2016

January 10, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo pens a piece for Engadget that explores the evolution of clinical virtual reality. Read the full article on Engadget.

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David Krum: The Revolution in Virtual Reality

January 9, 2017

A look at virtual reality – past, present, and future – featuring David Krum. Read the full article on Hackaday.

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ELITE-SHARP Prevention and Outreach Simulation Trainer

January 4, 2017

The Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program’s Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment (ELITE)-SHARP Prevention and Outreach Simulation Trainer (POST) is a new computer-based …

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SIGGRAPH Asia Macau Musings

January 4, 2017

An overview of SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, featuring Paul Debevec’s keynote address. Read the full article on Animation World Network.

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ICT’s Natalie Gravier in Forbes’ 30 Under 30

January 3, 2017

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What 4 Experts Expect from This Year’s CES

January 3, 2017

Predictions for CES 2017 featuring ICT’s Todd Richmond. Read the full article on Entrepreneur.

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