Oct 4, 2016

Legally Blind Man Sees Clearly For The First Time Ever, Thanks to Virtual Reality

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In Brief.

  • Jamie Soar suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that has rendered him legally blind and which affects some 100,000 people in the U.S. alone.
  • Because of the dual-screen projection method used in virtual reality, Soar was able to see normally for the first time in his life.

With the rise of specialized hardware such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR, virtual reality (VR) is at its most accessible point ever. It provides an immersive and realistic simulation of an environment, one which is created entirely through software and hardware. And notably, this environment can be experienced or controlled by the movements of your body. To this end, VR opens up an entirely new world (literally) of possibilities.

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