The VR and XR technologies, from being merely popular just a couple of years ago, are now reaching offices, schools, and people’s homes. Many companies such as HeadOffice.Space and Genie in a Headset have already started making virtual coworking fun and easy for people using VR tech. Meanwhile, the use of this technology in healthcare is also picking up at a steady pace.
Eden is an IT services and consultancy company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. For the past two years, the company has been carving its way into the highly competitive fields of virtual reality and extended reality. Their VR tech is presently focused on working in hospital environments. This is one reason why their VR headsets and the XR environment are created to be easy to use, wire-free, and playful.
Eden hopes that with its wireless VR headsets and its XR ecosystem, its headsets will offer more immersive experiences to visitors. The headset is designed in a way so you can just lift it from its stand, hold it in your hand, then put it over your eyes. The design is reminiscent of the viewing glasses of victorian times. But the modern twist is that the headset’s stand also acts as its wireless charger.
Another reason behind the design of the headsets is that Eden offers its tech to a large number of industries such as hotels, art galleries, planetariums, aquariums, retail, museums, and hospitals. The wide range of applications for booking a tour or venue makes the company strive to make the products as user-friendly as possible.
VR headsets and XR platform
The headsets are called Eden Snacker, and its control unit, which is a tablet-like screen, is called Eden Station. This forms the hardware unit of the company’s tech, and this is only half the story. The other half is fulfilled by the XR platform. The term “extended reality” or XR is the boss of all the other digital realities. Extended reality houses technologies such as VR, augmented reality and mixed reality.
So the company’s VR tech functions via the Eden XR platform. This is Eden’s solution to unwire and unhinge the VR technology and make it portable.
VR lessens pain and anxiety for kids in hospitals, shown in a study @USC
In future, VR will be in hospitals worldwide to give kids better treatment outcomes & bring smiles to their faces.
— EDEN (@madebyeden) November 26, 2021
Making hospitals a learning ground for children
For environments such as hospitals, studies in the past have shown how gaming or an “escaping the reality” type of technology can help people recover from pain. In cases of terminal illnesses such as cancer, staying in a hospital can become a frustrating experience, especially for children.
So to ease their stay in the hospital, Eden is making a mini cartoon series for children that can be viewed in VR. The series will contain many short stories to cover topics such as the disease, its treatment, surgery, MRI, and other things that the children would be facing in hospitals.
YouTube: Sneak preview of ‘Get Well Pals’ – an animated VR series for kids in hospitals
Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Evgeniy Shkolenko.