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Virtual and Augmented Reality Companies in Spain

The Rise of Virtual and Augmented Reality Companies in Spain

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Almost 90% of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality companies in Spain are less than two years old.

The forecast for this year is that 80% of companies in both sectors will hire new professionals.

The Virtual and Augmented Reality sector is booming in Spain, which is positioning itself as a leading country in this industry. Without going any further, in the last two years the field of Extended Reality – which integrates virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality – has experienced explosive growth, according to a study carried out by The App Date and Telefónica: Since 2017, newly created companies in this sector have doubled, exactly 86.6% more. This is due to the high penetration of devices – such as smartphones, tablets and Virtual Reality accessories – in the Spanish market.

These data confirm that Spain is positioning itself as a world power in this technology, as 33% of Spanish companies invoiced more than 300,000 euros in 2018. This is largely due to the fact that the industry is not centralized in leisure consumption, but has also found a large market niche in services for companies, such as health, real estate or even public administrations.

According to experts in the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality, although the video game business continues to be a secure value, and there are great examples of how Virtual Reality fits into this segment, Spanish industry has been able to find more applications and diversify its services towards other sectors such as medicine and training, which gives it enormous potential for the future.

Job opportunities

Without going any further, the study by The App Date and Telefónica states that for the next few months 80% of companies will make a significant investment in expanding their templates, with programmers, developers and 3D modelers and artists being the most in demand profiles, as well as comprehensive experts in Virtual Reality.

In fact, due to this growing market in Spain, this is one of the key sectors in IT, and where a greater demand for professionals is expected. For that reason, it is one of the sectors that will experience a greater growth and that will suppose a great labor opportunity for the professionals that are formed to work in a future more and more imminent. 

Virtual reality and augmented reality at the service of medicine

Research into Virtual Reality applications for medicine began more than 20 years ago. But its use did not begin to democratize until the hardware was not powerful enough to provide good quality and cheap enough to reach the general public.

What uses of virtual reality and augmented reality are made in medicine?

The uses that are made of Virtual and Augmented Reality in medicine are very wide. From the training of doctors themselves, through the treatment of different illnesses to the accompaniment of the surgeon in an operation, these technologies have positioned themselves as true working tools for this sector.

Training of future doctors with augmented reality

Beginning to practice as a surgeon is always delicate due to the fact that at some point they must begin to perform the first operations on real patients.

Although learning methods are performed on animals, deceased humans or mannequins, they represent an important cost for educational centres and have limitations for students.

In this sense, Virtual Reality is a technology that responds perfectly to the educational needs of medicine. Thanks to VR, medical students can repeat the training as many times as necessary, put into practice different surgical methods, analyze different pathologies, see different organs from different angles, and avoid practicing with real patients.


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Innovations Revolutionizing Healthcare in 2019

Innovations Revolutionizing Healthcare in 2019

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Believe it or not, virtual reality is not just a ‘fad’ or the next big trend and many healthcare institutions are already using this technology in some capacity. In fact, recent statistics show that more than 240 hospitals in the United States are using virtual reality to assist various health-related procedures and help patients visualize and understand their treatment plans. The VR/ AR market in healthcare will reach $5.1 billion by 2025.

The truth is, the role of virtual reality is hard to define but healthcare is one of the major adopters of this technology which can help with skills training, treatment for phobia and even surgery simulation. On the other hand, pain management is a common focus and scientific studies indicate how virtual reality can help alleviate stress and anxiety for patients experiencing acute pain.

Although it might seem like an extravagant or expensive solution, VR is also surprisingly affordable and certainly accessible to the general public. With so many experts recommending these methods, it’s fair to say that every hospital should soon be able to offer this alternative to patients.

Ways in which innovation in VR has reached the Healthcare field

Head-Mounted Display – You have likely seen one of these before and HMDs are those big, heavy-duty goggles with earphones attached to them. Needless to say, this provides a surround-sound and visual experience.

Smart Tech Glasses – Smart glasses might look like regular glasses, but they display information which can enable a physician to add critical data to the patient’s electronic health record. We have also witnessed prototype models which should also allow these glasses to use similar features to the headset mentioned above.

Desktop Virtual Reality – Mostly used for training, desktop VR technology is an effective way to simulate complicated programs and procedures.

Haptic Gloves and Treadmills – Users can physically move around inside the virtual reality experience and move object with these incredibly smart gloves.

And this only begins to explain the real benefits of virtual reality in healthcare…

Widespread Development and Adoption in the Medical Industry

At the same time, even the big boys are getting in on the act and medical virtual reality is one of the fastest growing and most captivating technologies in recent times.

We can also see this same transition elsewhere in the world and many leading universities are investing heavily in the research and development associated with VR. In the United Kingdom, the University of Leeds has officially partnered with the Countess of Chester Hospital which is now using VR headsets to help stroke victims re-learn certain daily tasks or activities.

Financially speaking, these efforts also make a lot of sense, for virtual reality technology can result in huge long term savings in terms of both time and money.

In spite of clear progress and advanced techniques, virtual reality technology is still in its infancy. For this reason, many people and even experts find it hard to think about this technology as anything more than a fad, trend or the latest buzzword.

At the same time, it’s most important to remember that beyond all the hype and speculation, these buzzwords are real and this virtual reality technology is already proving to enrich and enhance the lives of patients all over the world.

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Technology and Medicine, a fusion to improve health

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Technological development and progress in the field of science facilitate a new model of interactive training: Clinical Simulation, the teaching of the most present future.

Contractions are becoming more and more frequent and dilatation is the optimum way to take patient X to the operating theatre and thus prepare for the birth of the baby. 

Those responsible for the well-being of this future mother observe in detail all the movements, measure the pulsations and visualize through the birth canal the position of the baby, fully placed and ready for his imminent arrival in the real world, or not. 

Because this apparently realistic scene is nothing more than a recreation of a situation that the students of the Health Sciences area of any university will have to face when the time comes.

The implementation of technology and great scientific advances in the field of medicine has been a reality for decades. 

Virtual Reality, the key to innovation in medicine and training

Without it, it would not have reached the quality standards we enjoy today, as can be seen in the application of virtual reality, the development of tissues and organs with 3D printers or the use of Big Data to make a more personalized and preventive medicine. 

Faced with this unstoppable development, the inclusion of these innovations begins to extend to a previous phase, specifically the training period for future doctors. In them, students are faced with highly realistic scenarios that allow trial and error in a safe environment.

Nursing, another sector in which training clearly benefits

Nursing, another and equally important branch of medicine, also benefits from technological innovations such as VR or AR

Thanks to virtual simulation, future nurses will be able to carry out different clinical actions such as the administration of intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular or intraosseous medication, vesical and nasogastric catheterizations, basic and advanced CPR simulation and even the making of beds with or without patients, among many others.


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Some Virtual Reality functions in the field of medical education that you had ignored

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RV is becoming increasingly important in fields such as medicine and education. 

Innovations in VR and AR are not limited to the leisure and entertainment sector. In this blog, we have already talked on other occasions about the adaptability of RV in different disciplines, such as medicine and training. 

This system is opening up many possibilities for professionals in the sector. In the training of students, for surgery operations or in the treatment of diseases are some of the most prominent. We have already told you about all of them on the Simlab IT blog. 

However, there are some uses and applications of Virtual Reality in the field of medical training that you had overlooked. 

May Offer a Way to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer’s is a disease that has no cure. There are virtual reality techniques that can help patients regain cognitive abilities. They are done by reproducing images from the past.

The aim of this system is to enhance the patient’s concentration and improve their attitude, since apathy or lack of concentration are problems that derive from this disease. These methods are carried out through the reproduction of events, experiences or family gatherings that can stimulate the patient’s memory.

Fight against obesity

Virtual reality can help medical professionals diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Another disease very present in our society, which could be combated with this technology, is obesity.

The method, which they have called ‘Augmented Satiety’, has been developed by researchers in Tokyo. The patient can see an increased portion of food with the help of virtual reality. That portion will increase in size, but in reality you will still have the original piece in your hand. As a result, the brain is deceived into thinking that we are eating something bigger than it really is.

Reduction of ‘phantom limb’ pain

Phantom limb syndrome is the perception of pain by a person with an amputated limb.  The brain continues to send impulses to the amputated area, and the absence of stimuli generates pain.

Virtual reality allows the patient to restore the brain state prior to amputation. The system is carried out with a monitor, a camera and by placing a marker on the residual limb. The patient sees the movements on the monitor thanks to electrodes that capture the electrical activity of the muscles.

In this post we have highlighted some uses and applications of Virtual Reality in the field of medical training less known, highlighted or striking, but equally important and decisive in the advancement of science itself.


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Virtual Reality and Medicine: Uses and Applications for the Benefit of Patients

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If there is one sector in which technology offers promising applications, it is Medicine and Virtual Reality. Although the human component is the main thing, having advanced medical equipment always represents an immediate increase in the chances of success. Until now, we have seen all kinds of instruments to apply surgical techniques or treatments, even robotized. 

All very tangible. Now, medical professionals also have virtual or augmented reality equipment for the performance of their work and applications such as the one that Simlab IT makes available to training and health professionals, who can now easily create lessons in Virtual Reality to simulate various situations in which future doctors must know how to operate. 

Uses and Applications of Virtual Reality in Medicine

Augmented Reality for doctors training

A mixed reality system that allows physicians to view and interact with virtual replicas of patients, their organs, bones, or body parts. Through hand movements and gestures, students and trainee physicians will be able to simulate lifestyle and treatment effects using custom 3D virtual models based on actual patient medical records.

Augmented reality for doctors to explain themselves better

This virtual reality system could also be used to visually demonstrate medical problems, areas in which surgery will be performed, improvements that could be introduced after treatment, or damage caused by harmful addictive substances such as tobacco.

VR Combined with anesthesia

The usefulness of Virtual Reality at the service of patients is also being proposed in the consultations as support for treatments with anesthesia. Those moments in which we rarely feel comfortable and which, due to the nature of generally invasive treatments, anesthesia solves only part of the anguish of many patients.

is also being proposed in the consultations as support for treatments with anesthesia. Those moments in which we rarely feel comfortable and which, due to the nature of generally invasive treatments, anesthesia solves only part of the anguish of many patients.

Modern medicine stands out for its multidisciplinary teamwork and complex decision-making. These aspects force medical professionals and students to continue their training at all times, since they will always have to face new problems and will have to give adequate answers to the needs of the patient.

New technologies such as VR and AR allow robotics to be combined with technology, achieving scenarios that are very similar to reality and improving the quality and content of training.


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Where medical simulations are headed in the next 5 years

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Experts agree that the future of healthcare technology will be based on machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud technologies applied to clinical, work and financial processes will have a better and richer incorporation into the industry. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are also two disciplines that are greatly benefiting the field of training in these sectors.

But to get there, health executives need to be building the cultural bases for the technological changes that are coming in the next decade.

However, it seems clear that investments in technologies, such as RV, are the clearest route to affordable, accessible and equitable health care in the future.

Workflow that mimics consumer technology

When millennials go to work in a hospital, we ask doctors, nurses, and health care teams to go back 20 years and use landlines, fax machines, pagers, and phone calls, all of which diminish and add complexity to our millennia-old workforce.

What will really be needed in the future are not only technological advances, but also advances in creative thinking and the ability of leaders to think differently when they redevelop their processes to harness the power of technologies.

Virtual Content Helps Students to Visualize

It can often be difficult for teachers to encourage students to participate in a topic that can be hard to visualize. For example, trying to explain how the solar system works to a group of cranky third graders.

Now imagine instead of describing how the planets gravitate around the sun, you asked students to put on their headsets and drop them into the atmosphere. By integrating virtual reality apps into the classroom, students will be able to visualize the entire solar system right before their eyes and are far more likely to take leadership in their learning.

Students can hold Mars right on top of their palms. They can watch virtual 360° videos to explore the surface of Mars and to learn about its history and environment. Ultimately immersive education improves the learning process by helping students visualize the content in a whole new way.

Increase classroom collaboration 

Educational VR also presents an opportunity for increased collaboration between peers.

An article written by OpenCollege cited virtual simulation to increase motivation and collaboration while reducing embarrassment in social interactions for students. In the same article, OpenCollege touched upon the benefits of VR for distance learners. Imagine a world where you have the brightest students from across the world join your weekly lectures without having to face the burdens of immigration, travel and rent costs.

Virtual reality in the classroom will ultimately allow students to share their ideas with speed and accuracy unseen before VR.

Risk-Free Environments

At the same time, reforms in undergraduate and postgraduate education, combined with political and societal pressures, have promoted a safety-conscious culture where simulation provides a means of risk-free learning in complex, critical or rare situations.

Medical simulations will become a more digital and international knowledge. VR holds high potential for students. It will open up opportunities and will improve overall collaboration and performance.

VR will not completely replace field trips, labs and traditional lectures. Instead, it will give both students and teachers a new tool to increase mutual understanding.


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The simplest way to make the best of virtual reality in education

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In recent years, much has been said about the momentum that VR technology has taken, both for the future of video games and in education. Virtual reality in education becomes an opportunity for many fields due to the simulation capacity it provides and the savings in resources for organizations.

Even if it sounds like something out of a futuristic movie, there are already some institutions that are using this technology to train their staff. One of the best known is healthcare, where students are trained to handle ships in different types of scenarios. In this way, they prepare them for the real situations in which they may find themselves.

And it is not something strange that virtual reality is used in the field of education. Many benefits are found with the use of this technology and the devices do not require as much investment thanks to the high competitiveness among the main developers who always seek to be at the forefront.

Applications of Virtual Reality in Education

Currently, there are institutions that are already applying virtual reality in education and we can find several examples that are very interesting and provide ideas to apply in your country.

Virtual school trips

There are schools that are already using the VR so that all students can visit places like the most important museums around the world, using the virtual tours that many of these same museums already offer for this type of technology.

Similarly, there are already applications that offer a virtual tour through the solar system, ideal for science classes.

Internet giant Google has a program called Google Expeditions that targets schools and offers virtual tours of cultural areas that are physically far from schools.

You can also return to the past with applications such as Jurassic Virtual Reality that takes you back to the time of the dinosaurs and gives users the chance to experience life in this period.

One more example that we can find are the lessons that university students receive through the VR to identify dangers at work without having to expose themselves to risky situations.

Content creation

Now you can create immersive experiences with VR technology. This type of software will help students become virtual creators where they can perform various actions such as recreating historical sites from their homeland.

There are also universities that teach design in architecture with virtual reality tools which facilitates learning for students.

Special Education

There are already schools, which are using the Oculus Rift to help children with special needs. One of its applications is for therapeutic exercises for children with autism.

Medical applications

Many universities already apply RA and VR technology by simulating real-life situations and allowing students to learn more about certain problems that arise.

VR has been shown to be very useful in stimulating patients’ minds during medical procedures. Another field that has benefited greatly has been the teaching of virtual anatomy.

Innovating in education with virtual reality

One of the types of teaching that can benefit from this technology is healthcare education. Medical training with virtual reality is possible thanks to the devices that exist now and that are becoming popular thanks to games. One of the best known is the Oculus that has been sowing fruits since its launch. This has been joined by other prestigious companies such as HTC, Samsung and Sony who are investing resources in perfect immersion of users in these digital worlds.

In addition, one of the tools that each person has in their pocket is the Smartphone and this is vital for many of these devices to work. Each year, the phones improve their quality and make it possible for this type of education to reach all homes and offices. With high definition screens, e-learning platforms can immerse the user in a controlled virtual environment. And, being a distance learning platform, one can control one’s own hours of study according to one’s agenda.

Several fields are already applying this new technology to improve the level of teaching. Also, some companies implement training platforms that are able to use the latest advances to achieve a faster and more effective training of future doctors, firefighters, aviators, and more.

Virtual reality in education is the next step for better learning and is just one of the many tools that are appearing today and that can be applied in different ways. Many companies already offer this type of service for various organizations and it is up to each institution to apply this technology correctly to be at the forefront of teaching.


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The complete beginner’s guide to using virtual reality in education

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The application of virtual reality and augmented reality in education is one of the most important issues of the moment. 

A recent report by Horizon 2016, one of the most respected analytical groups, devotes several pages to the issue of the use of augmented and virtual reality in education. The report reveals that potential applications for training, education and learning in the fields of medicine and health are the most promising.

What is Virtual reality and Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is a new direction separated from virtual reality, which grew into a distinct branch in its own right. 

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality does not replace the real world that surrounds you completely, but increases and enriches it, adding layers of information to the things around us. So what is the practical use of virtual reality in education?

How you should use it 

The virtual reality is still very much in its infancy, and is not widely available to the general public. However, certain practical applications of the technology are already on the market. For example, one can create virtual panoramic tours with images overlaid with text, which enable learners to explore the object of study from all sides.

¿What are the benefits of using virtual reality in education?

1. Active learning

VR takes you into a new world full of new experiences, taking your imagination and learning to a whole new level. This is fundamental in terms of learning.

You are more likely to remember things you are involved in than things you just heard. So these experiences will make your learning lasting.

2. No distractions

VR isolates you from the world and takes you to the imagination of technology. The world of imagination is unlimited and creative. Without distractions, the learning experience and the ability to learn increases. Longer attention spans and focused learning will allow you to learn in depth, which in turn will be effective in the long term.

3. Immediate Commitment

The RV is something different. Through role-playing games and activities performed by experts, you are forced to participate in them. Your addiction is what makes it unique.

The mixed approach satisfies the needs and requirements of all students through a mixture of virtual reality systems and virtual simulation games. The options available in VR are numerous. So you won’t be disappointed when it comes to getting your attention.

4. Understanding complex concepts

It allows you to understand and question different laws and theories that are otherwise not understandable to any person. Learning new skills, subjects and languages is much easier to learn through VR.

5. Learning Styles

Visual and experiential learning improves your retention capacity. This learning style is so far the most successful for students of all ages.

We are at the starting point and key to a new technical revolution, and in the coming years both virtual and augmented reality will be used in innovative ways to improve training and education in general. 


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How virtual reality can be more than just a gimmick in training

How virtual reality can be more than just a gimmick in training

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The training of health professionals, the rehabilitation of patients and the treatment of psychological disorders are some of the main uses of Virtual Reality applied to health. 

According to all the experts, health will be, after video games, the sector that grows the most in the application of Virtual Reality in the coming years. A study by Goldman Sachs predicts that in 9 years virtual reality in health will have a turnover of 5.1 billion dollars.

How can virtual reality improve training in Healthcare?

Improve Productivity

Virtual Reality applied to health can help improve the skills of health professionals. Through virtual simulators they can perform operations or complex surgeries without risk to the patient and, in addition, thanks to virtual reality scientists can enter the organs and different parts of the human body to see in a unique way the interior of our body and improve their knowledge about their behavior.

Create better communication

A fundamental aspect of having experts who are well trained and know how to act when the system fails is that they learn from experience so that they can understand why systems act as they do, rather than simply memorizing knowledge through books or procedure manuals.

In this sense, virtual reality training offers a shortcut, by its ability to simulate realistic experiences so that the user has the feeling of living it in the first person. This avoids incurring material and personal costs when faced with dangerous situations that can even end in death, such as dealing with a fire or transporting dangerous chemicals.

Although there is still a long way to go and research on Virtual Reality applied to health, it is clear that virtual reality is a technology with enormous applications in the health field, both from the point of view of the patient and for the training of medical staff. 


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5 uses for VR in Healthcare you can try today

5 uses for VR in Healthcare you can try today

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Creating VR/ AR/ 360 video lessons to simulate situations for staff and students can be very helpful in the learning process. It can also be problematic. SimLab IT solves this by centralizing all the technology needed to create these lessons in one easy to use online platform that is shared between Universities, Governments, NGOs, and Enterprises alike. Here you have 5 uses for VR in Healthcare you can try today.

The value that VR can have applied to train processes in Healthcare has been demonstrated

Nowadays, most of them are familiar with Virtual Reality and its applications, especially in the film and video game industry. But beyond entertainment, Virtual Reality is increasingly being adopted by the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. 

Despite being in an almost initial phase, the validity of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the field of training has already been demonstrated on numerous occasions. Physicians and the pharmaceutical sector is one of the most benefits they can find.

5 uses for VR in Healthcare

1. Rehabilitation

VR has great potential in the rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities. In some cases, physicians prefer to combine traditional therapy with vocational rehabilitation therapy to simulate real-life activities that would otherwise be difficult to recreate within the clinic. In this way, VR rehabilitation sessions can occur.

2. Medical Training

Knowledge of human anatomy is the basis of all medical knowledge. As students must learn about the human body through real experiences to the extent possible, virtual reality helps to better understand the relationship between muscles, nerves, organs and blood vessels in the human body through simulations, much more real and accessible than with real cases. 

3. Manufacturing

Manufacturing in the pharma industry requires high-level control as well as precision. For this, pharma companies use complex equipment that is difficult to operate and needs trained specialists to operate them. These complex equipment can be better explained to the operators with the help of virtual reality.

4. Research

Pharma companies are heavily dependent upon key tech players like Google and Microsoft for research purposes. As the amount of the data to be processed increases, virtual reality can answer massive databases in a better fashion. VR also helps in visualizing this data.

5. Treatment

The application of VR has been very useful in some treatments of patients suffering from different types of disorders. VR can help to better understand the physical and psychological responses of patients by simulating different scenarios. This is known as exposure therapy, which is of great help to patients who have a phobia because it exposes patients to their fears in a controlled environment. 

Conclusion

Today, large companies rely heavily on virtual reality solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. They use VR in studies of interaction and prediction of objectives as well as for the creation of special scenarios to work on the training of future doctors and pharmacists.