Medical school students from the University of Colorado at Boulder have been working on a virtual reality game for more than a year, but they’re still a little skeptical of the job’s chances of success.
“This is the first virtual reality program that we have been able to complete,” said the game’s lead designer, Michael Andermann, a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine.
The game, called “The Void,” uses an augmented reality headset to simulate real-world locations. “
It will take us a few months to perfect it, but the technology itself is very promising.”
The game, called “The Void,” uses an augmented reality headset to simulate real-world locations.
Players will navigate a virtual space to perform surgeries on living creatures, from rats to rabbits, with a virtual surgeon’s tools.
The team also has a virtual lab with an interactive machine that simulates surgery.
“It’s a virtual environment where we simulate what the procedure might be like, but it’s very realistic,” Anderman said.
“You’ll actually see a real doctor perform the surgery in the virtual lab.”
The VR game uses a technique called “neural lace,” which involves connecting nerve fibers to a computer chip.
That makes the surgeon’s job easier, but also has its downsides.
The VR game can only simulate one surgeon at a time.
Andermans team is working to expand the game to include multiple surgeons.
“Our main goal is to make it realistic and realistic enough that people would like to actually play the game,” he said.
“We also want to make sure that the virtual surgeons don’t have any neurological or cardiac issues that might interfere with the operation,” Aderman said, noting that his team hopes to add more surgeons in the future.