BEIJING, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- An HTC VIVE™-empowered neuroimaging solution made its China debut at the Sino-US Neuroimaging Virtual Reality Solution Seminar in Beijing on November 5th. Hosted by HTC Healthcare department, this seminar brought together 30 of the country's most distinguished neurosurgeons for an interactive VR showcase by Dr. Neil Martin, a world-renowned neurosurgeon from the University of California Los Angeles. As part of the HTC Healthcare strategy, this co-developed VR solution with Surgical Theater in neuroimaging aims to assist neurosurgeons in better analyzing and planning surgeries, training medical professionals, and more importantly, engaging with their patients.
Healthcare constitutes one of the most important and exciting industries for VR, as the technology has the potential to dramatically transform the medical arena for both doctors and patients. Applications include using VR to train surgeons, sharpening and discovering new techniques, and aiding patient recovery through more in-depth and effective means.
With VR's influence extending far beyond gaming, developers are spreading their focus to developing VR apps and 360° videos for vertical industries. A recent survey of China's VR/AR developers found that 40.3% of all developers are developing non-game content for vertical industries, with 23.8% of them dedicated to driving innovation in healthcare. Many industry reports also backed that VR/AR combining healthcare will represent a multi-billion-dollar market in the coming years.
Dr. Neil Martin, Chairman of the University of California Los Angeles' Department of Neurosurgery, has long been a major proponent of VR in healthcare. As he put on the Vive HMD (head-mounted display), he was able to zoom in and out, rotate, measure and navigate inside of a visualized brain model, thanks to Vive's room-scale tracking, high-definition display and two precision controllers.
"Virtual Reality is among the few modern technologies that we medical practitioners have to embrace for our mission to cure," Dr. Neil Martin said, "I'm simply amazed at the unprecedented experience and unlimited possibilities enabled by a fully immersive VR system like the HTC Vive."
"I was extremely impressed by the technology on display today, which marks a great advance in analyzing and mapping complex pathological changes and surgical cases," said Dr. Zhang Hongqi, Chairman and Professor of Neurosurgery Department, Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, "I hope to see even further improvements in areas like tissue displacement and hemodynamics."
HTC is committed to cultivating a healthy and robust VR ecosystem that cuts across all industries and sectors of society. By focusing on vertical industries in addition to gaming, the company is dedicated to unleashing the possibilities of VR so that more people can benefit from technological innovation in their everyday life.
About the Vive Virtual Reality System
Vive is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality system developed in partnership by HTC and Valve. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR, Vive allows true-to-life interactions and experiences thanks to an adjustable headset displaying stunning graphics, two wireless controllers with HD haptic feedback and 360˚ absolute motion tracking. For a convenient and safe experience, Vive incorporates essential functionality from your phone and features a front facing camera that blends physical elements into the virtual world. Working in concert, this system immerses you visually, physically and emotionally in the virtual world. For more information on Vive, please visit www.vive.com.
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile and virtual reality devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones, and is now leading the VR industry with the Vive line of products. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com.
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