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Find Out What Your Smile Tells About You

July 4, 2017

AAJ News covers new research from ICT, read the full article here.

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Can VR Make You Feel and Heal Better?

June 29, 2017

Albert “Skip” Rizzo remembers the first wave of VR excitement back in the nineties. Primed by cyberpunk and films like Lawnmower Man, the public became …

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Army’s Virtual Reality Therapy Helps Soldiers Combat PTSD

June 28, 2017

The Army Research Laboratory’s Public Affairs office features a piece about PTSD in honor of June’s PTSD Awareness Month. Read the full article about Bravemind …

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Is Clinical Virtual Reality the Future of Therapy?

June 28, 2017

Between eight and 18 percent of American veterans returning from wars in Iraq or Afghanistan have some form of PTSD. Stigma against seeking care remains, …

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The Quarry that Formed the Virtual Reality Geniuses of Facebook and Microsoft

June 27, 2017

El Diario explores ICT’s MxR Lab. Read the full article here.

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Virtual Reality: The New Game in Mental Health Care to Improve Outcomes

June 26, 2017

Virtual reality is seeing an upsurge in use by mental health practitioners for treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders and anxiety in …

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On the Couch? Your Therapist May Soon be Replaced by a Robopsychiatrist

June 21, 2017

Factor Daily learns about SimSensei and the possibility of robopsychiatrists in the future. Read the full article here.

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So We Never Forget, Holograms Keep Deliver First-Person Holocaust Survivor Testimony

June 20, 2017

A look inside New Dimensions in Testimony with Fast Company. Read the full article here.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

June 16, 2017

We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything …

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Digital Technology to Engage Patients: Ensuring Access for All

June 15, 2017

We are in a new communication age in which change has happened so fast that the technology we use every day was unimaginable to most …

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How VR is Transforming the Workplace As We Know It

June 14, 2017

IoT Now explores the various ways in which VR is entering the workforce. As part of the piece discussing VR’s role in the workplace, ICT’s …

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Why Virtual Reality Could Create a Danger for Actual Reality

June 13, 2017

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, consumers get to learn all about new video-games and the hardware that drives them One hardware that’s considered to be …

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Website Displays Capabilities for Using Drones to Develop 3D Maps

June 13, 2017

A new website showcases how camera-equipped drones create three-dimensional models that can help Army leaders plan training exercises. Dronemapping.org was created by the Institute for …

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Virtual Reality: A by-the-numbers look at how this perception-bending tool is changing medicine

June 13, 2017

Proto Magazine investigates how VR is used. Read the full article here.

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USC Researcher Uses Virtual Reality — and Her Mother’s Sewing Machine — to Treat Stroke Survivors

June 12, 2017

For people recovering from a stroke, even the simplest motions can become a struggle. To lift a hand, for example, requires a signal from the …

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The Future of Virtual Reality

June 11, 2017

Start Replay sat down with Dell Computing to discuss the future of virtual reality. In an interview with Director of Workstation Virtualization, Commercial VR and AR …

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25 Individuals of Influence

June 11, 2017

PTSD Journal names 25 leaders in the study and treatment of the disorder to symbolize the increasing work done nationwide to diminish the effects of …

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Smug Losers: DON’T Smile When You Win Say Scientists Because it Only Inspires Your Opponent to Beat You Next Time

June 10, 2017

A smile might be all that stands between victory and defeat while playing a game, according to a new study. New research done by the …

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Smiling When You Lose May Increase Your Odds of Winning Later On

June 9, 2017

You may want to save the smile for when you’re losing, not winning, according to a study done at the University of Southern California. The …

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Your Smile Gives You Away

June 8, 2017

Smiling during victory could hurt future chances of cooperation, USC researchers find. By Ian Chaffee, USC News Smile and the whole world smiles with you? …

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What It’s Like to Talk to an Adorable Chatbot About Your Mental Health

June 8, 2017

With the release of Woebot for Facebook Messenger, Mashable investigates what prompted this initiative and talks to Jonathan Gratch for more about the mental health …

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Virtual Reality Lab Opens News Doors for Students in Carson

June 7, 2017

The Daily Breeze reports on zSpace’s mobile, virtual-reality education lab parked outside Carson’s Eagle Tree Continuation High School and talks with ICT’s Todd Richmond about …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Welcomes 2017 Summer Interns

June 6, 2017

School is out for the summer, and that means a new crop of interns has entered the building. Students from over 40 schools including Penn …

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Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Opens Up a World of Possibilities for Publishers

June 5, 2017

lbert Einstein once said that reality is merely an illusion—albeit a very persistent one. Jump ahead to 2017, and that sounds as if it’s a …

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Hear Bombs Fall on London with VR Recreating of The Blitz

June 3, 2017

VR Focus talks with Skip Rizzo about the emotional reactions users have when using Virtual Reality. Read the full article on VR Focus.

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With VR History You Can Hear the Bombs Drop in Trafalgar Square

June 2, 2017

VR engineers are wading through archival records and code to recreate our most important moments. Motherboard examines and speaks with ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo. Read …

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Virtual Reality a Friend and Foe in Terror Fight

June 1, 2017

BBC News recently suggested that 2017 will be the year of VR movie making, and Rolling Stone featured an article about efforts at the University …

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‘House of Cards’ Discovers VR, Shows Us it’s Silly and Deadly Serious

June 1, 2017

Adario Strange of Mashable breaks down Season 5 of ‘House of Cards’ and how the producers incorporated VR into the show, and how its use …

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How Virtual Reality is Helping Soldiers Recover from War

May 30, 2017

3DVR Central debriefs from Skip Rizzo’s TEDx talk back in May. Read the report here.

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Technology, Ethics Meet in Debate Over ‘Virtual’ Actors

May 25, 2017

We’ve all seen commercials where an old piece of footage — or maybe an actor who’s no longer alive — is in a more modern-day …

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Video Games Can Boost Your Health

May 24, 2017

“Researchers at University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies designed ‘Virtual Iraq’, a therapeutic and educational interactive game. The games are based on the …

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How VR Can Improve OR Efficiency

May 18, 2017

MedCity News explores how traditional medtech companies are hoping to be a better partner to hospitals as the latter embark upon improving hospital efficiency. Some medtechs are …

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Treating Mental Health with Virtual Reality

May 15, 2017

Mental health issues affect many of us in our daily lives. Whether it’s from stress or anxiety, depression, or some other form of mental health, …

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Picking at the Word Salad of Dell EMC World

May 15, 2017

Roger Kay reports on Dell’s EMC World event for CIO and discovers the work of Bravemind. Read the full article here.

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Emotion Sensing in VR: How VR is Being Used to Benefit Mental Health

May 11, 2017

VR Focus explores an exciting opportunity to minimise reliance on pharmacological garments for mental health, in Virtual Reality (VR). Exposure Therapy (ET) using VR is …

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Avatar Technology from USC Captures Your Body in 20 Minutes

May 10, 2017

The graphics lab at ICT captures high-quality digital faces for film with special (and expensive) scanning equipment. Ari Shapiro runs a research group called the Character …

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The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

May 10, 2017

Virtual doctors could bring health information to patients’ smartphones with a new app being developed at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies …

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Baltimore Hospital Bringing Virtual Reality to Medical Treatment

May 8, 2017

The Baltimore Sun explores cutting-edge technologies brought into local hospitals in order to help treat patients. Read the full article here.

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New Eglin Air Force Base Clinic Pioneers Invisible Wounds Care

May 3, 2017

The Pulse takes an in depth look at finding alternative treatment methods for service members suffering from PTSD. Read the full article here.

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What’s Happening in VR Right Now: From Psychedelic Art to Combat Therapy

April 21, 2017

Digital Arts Online features Bravemind in its round up from the Virtual Reality Show in London. Read the full article here.

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How Virtual Reality is Helping Soldiers Cope with War

April 20, 2017

The Evening Standard visited the three-day Virtual Reality Show in London where Mark Blunden met with industry experts, demoed technologies and learned about ICT’s Bravemind. …

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Facebook Banks on Virtual Reality as the Future in Socializing

April 20, 2017

With developments in AI, augmented reality will ultimately be so good that you won’t be able to tell augmented visuals from reality, says Hao Li at the …

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Can Virtual Reality Help Cure PTSD?

April 18, 2017

Chris Merkle had no intention of revisiting the traumatic events he experienced in war. After three tours in Iraq and four in Afghanistan, there was …

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Priority Maintenance

April 17, 2017

Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) explores Tech. Sgt. Chris Ferrell’s struggles with PTSD and treatment options which have allowed him to begin adjusting to the …

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Futurists Want to Transform Black Mirror’s Dystopia into Something Better

April 14, 2017

VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi features a piece about an upcoming LA-bsed project aimed at inspiring more hopeful narratives (in comparison to Netflilx’s Black Mirror) of the future.   …

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Mass-Brain Experiment Helps Scientists Better Understand How Mind Works

April 13, 2017

Recently hundreds of people volunteered to be guinea pigs for a mind experiment. The execution was simple. All the participants had to do was watch …

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Treating Real World Trauma with VR

April 11, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo sits down with Jesse Mulligan of RNZ (Radio New Zealand) to discuss the emerging field of VR and its applications in other areas, …

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‘We’re Running with Scissors’: Why Some Experts Worry About VR Dangers

April 7, 2017

What if virtual reality wasn’t just a new way to play games or watch movies? What if the technology wasn’t just creating new methods of …

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Experts Want to Ensure that We’re Fully Ready for Virtual Reality

April 7, 2017

The Star Online covers Polygon’s Brian Crecente’s discussion with Todd Richmond about the need for more long-term studies on the impact of the technology and perhaps …

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VR is Helping Veterans Cope with Battlefield Trauma

April 5, 2017

Virtual reality is a lot more than a cool way to enhance your video game fun. USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies has developed VR exposure …

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Make My Machine Feel

April 5, 2017

Technology is apparently speed ramping our humanity. VR has received the accolade as the ultimate empathy machine. It’s been a game changer in the field …

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The USC Institute for Creative Technologies Joins Forces with Neospeech to Improve Military Education

April 4, 2017

For almost 20 years, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has been a leader in researching and developing immersive technologies that help solve …

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Could Virtual, Augmented Reality Augment Medicine?

March 30, 2017

Augmented reality superimposes digital information on top of a natural sensual experience; the now terminated Google Glass was an early application. Virtual reality creates an …

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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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Sensory Supplements: A Snapshot of Alternate Reality Technologies

March 1, 2017

MS&T Magazine takes a look at alternate training technologies and talks with ICT’s Skip Rizzo and David Krum. Read the full article here.

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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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CES 2017: VR and AR Play Big

December 30, 2016

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) had a banner year in 2016. Capturing the public’s interest and attention, these mixed reality technologies spread into …

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None Of Us Are Any Good at Deciding Who Is and Isn’t Trustworthy

December 26, 2016

Fascinating new research from the University of Southern California and Temple University harnesses the power of computer science to determine what behaviors make someone seem trustworthy and what behaviors …

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