Game helps people overcome fear of spiders

U of A grad student designs augmented reality game that lets users see and touch virtual spiders that get more realistic as they level up

Game helps people overcome fear of spidersA University of Alberta fine arts student has designed an augmented reality (AR) gaming platform to help arachnophobes overcome their fear of spiders. “The idea is, if I'm sitting here with an AR headset on, I can see a spider right in front of me,” said Anna Chakravorty, who submitted the project for her master’s…

Virtual reality tool will track changes in the oil, gas industry

Users can experience everything from watching a smart pig detect the health of a pipeline to seeing the largest trucks in the world at work

Virtual reality tool will track changes in the oil, gas industryA first-of-its-kind virtual reality tour of Canada’s oil and gas worksites will raise awareness about changes in the industry. The Experience the Energy: Take the Tour platform is an initiative by the PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety Canada. It showcases the careers, the innovation and technologies that are transforming the energy industry. “Over the past…

Using tech to connect with patients

Chris Nedelmann of Copeman Healthcare Centre talks about bridging the gap between practitioners and patients with a virtual care app

Using tech to connect with patientsChris Nedelmann is CEO of Copeman Healthcare Centre. What is Copeman and its history? Nedelmann: We started in Vancouver 14 years ago. We operate four advanced primary care facilities in Western Canada – two of those are in Vancouver, one on the North Shore and one downtown. We have a new facility in Calgary but the…

Wello founded on a healthy foundation

Vince Danielsen talks about how building the growing health-care provider was a lot like putting a winning football team together

Wello founded on a healthy foundationVince Danielsen is CEO of Wello. Calgary’s Business: What is Wello? When and why was it founded? Danielson: Wello is an innovative virtual health-care provider that gives people anytime, anywhere access to services that help them get well when they’re sick and keep well over the long term. We have a saying at Wello –…

How VR Is Affecting All Our Lives

Soon enough we may very well have first-hand accounts of virtual reality, what works and what simply does not

How VR Is Affecting All Our LivesVirtual reality (VR) is for sure a thing of the now! A very real and engaging thing, to say the least. What this ‘thing’ has surprisingly brought about is a thought towards VR being full-well set to revolutionize a whole slew of elements and factors in our day-to-day lives - when in operation. From the…

Virtual-reality gaming in perfect bite-sized portions

At places like Breakout VR, you can discover the kinds of games on the market and get a brief taste of the current state of VR without spending a bundle

Virtual-reality gaming in perfect bite-sized portionsVirtual-reality gaming has always vaguely piqued my curiosity but the technology hasn’t yet demanded my attention. Having your own virtual reality (VR) system is pricey, and there’s a visual and physical disconnect between you and anyone else in the room. I love playing games with other people, sharing the experience. Playing online with others is…

Virtual Reality becoming more than a game

Virtual reality is an up and coming technology that is becoming more refined and is now being marketed to the masses

Virtual reality is an up and coming technology in the digital world as it is becoming more refined and is now being marketed to the masses A few years ago, it was said that virtual reality (VR) was only for playing games. This point of view, however, is gradually changing as the benefits of virtual…