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AVESS Project Covered by American Forces Press

Remedy's AVESS simulation likened to Avatar, helps disabled Veterans

The United States Defense Department's official press service 'American Forces Press Service' wrote a great article about the new Remedy Communications project, AVESS (Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space) and how it will be used to help disabled and wounded American Forces veterans. The article describes the strong parallels between Jack Sully's disabled character in the epic Avatar movie and the depth of the AVESS project in allowing disabled soldiers to control a virtual character unhindered by disabilities. The first phase of the project was a working mockup of an environment for soldiers, support personnel such as counsellors, family members and… Read full post »

Remedy in the News

AVESS (Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space)

Remedy recently announced its work on the Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space which provides a virtual environment for military amputees and their families. The project has generated significant coverage as a leading example of how immersive and virtual technologies can have health and other benefits. Betterverse gave high praise to the project: http://www.betterverse.org/2009/11/supporting-military-amputees-through-virtual-worlds.html "I'm incredibly excited to see the fruits of this innovative use of virtual worlds.  Returning veterans with amputated limbs are a population that can make a very strong case for the public good possibilities of these digital tools." Virtual Musings also commented on the appropriate use of… Read full post »

Can Virtual Worlds Provide Support to Military Amputees?

Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space to Research and Establish Best Practices

November 2, 2009 – Virtual worlds can provide military amputees with an opportunity to enhance their overall quality of life, expedite their reintegration into society, and improve their physical and mental wellness. ADL Company Inc. (ADL) and Virtual Ability, Inc. (VAI) announced today the start of a project to establish best practices and protocols for the provision of on-line peer-to-peer support services to this community, with funding from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC).  “For individuals with disabilities, virtual worlds are a powerful way to connect with others,… Read full post »

Virtual Clinic to Treat Stresses of War

Healing Center Launched in Second Life

The popular virtual world Second Life is now home to a center that helps soldiers deal with the stresses of war, according to a report in the New York Times. "The healing center...has a big lodge, where people can spend time and talk with each other, anonymously if they prefer. They can sit around a fireplace, play games in the game room or relax on a deck next to a waterfall. They can climb a tower, where they will meet a historical warrior who tells them stories about his life. There are also real-world interactions in the virtual world. A… Read full post »