Sometimes a gadget can turn into something no one anticipated. it might be the case with the Samsung Gear VR too. According to reports, the South Korean company is currently working on developing mental health diagnosis tools using its VR technology. In order to develop these tools, the tech giant partnered with Gangnam Severance Hospital and VR content maker FNI. VR headsets are already used in several healthcare organizations already, however, the Samsung project seems to be a little more complex. It won’t only rely on the Samsung Gear VR, it will also use the Gear S3 smartwatch, the S Health app, and Bixby. Furthermore, the companies will also deliver special chairs and diagnosis kits.
According to Samsung, the project focuses on cognitive behavior therapies for suicide prevention and psychological assessment. In the beginning, the developing team will only commercialize these products in hospitals, dementia centers, and in schools. However, if everything works out well, they will also reach homes. The VR content patients will be able to access thanks to the Samsung Gear VR headset should trigger positive emotions. This would normally make them feel a lot better and even relieve loneliness and isolation. It’s not quite clear how the technology will help doctors in diagnosticating mental health problems, however, it’s not hard to imagine that Samsung and its partners have found a way.
Even though VR headsets are already cool even if we only think of their entertaining purposes, it’s a great thing that they could actually help in the case of mental health issues. Reaching an accurate diagnosis in these cases is extremely important, and the fact that gadgets like the Samsung Gear VR can help doctors do their jobs better is truly amazing. The team made up by Samsung, Gangnam Severance Hospital and FNI should start commercializing its kits as early as next year. If the products turn out to be as amazing as they now sound, they should reach homes too in a couple of years. It’s not quite clear yet whether these products will have an accessible price tag or not. Hopefully, they will be affordable enough for hospitals to be able to purchase them.
Source: ZD Net