Sure, virtual reality is the next big thing. This is true not only for gaming, but for health and rehabilitation as well.
Take the Swiss company MindMaze and its founder and CEO, Tej Tadi, a speaker at NeuroGaming. MindMaze combines advanced motion capture, virtual reality and brain imaging technologies in their platform for treating stroke and brain injury survivors.
Using a camera and depth sensors, MindMaze can lead a patient with limited function in their right arm to reach for a virtual object with their left arm, yet see their avatar’s right arm move on screen. “It tricks the brain into believing this right arm is capable of moving,” Tadi explains. And this mirroring technique can stimulate new neural connections.
Along with MindMaze, NeuroGaming attendees can also hear from the people behind Oculus and Emotiv Inisght, among others, and test out facial recognition technology from an exhibiting Swiss startup, faceshift. Don’t miss it!
MindMaze CEO Tej Tadi brings 10 years at the intersection of computer science and medicine. He has a background in electronics engineering, virtual reality & computer graphics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland.
During his doctoral work, in Neuroscience at the Brain&Mind Institute of Prof.Olaf Blanke he set up an immersive virtual reality system in combination with state-of-the-art brain imaging technologies enabling trans-disciplinary work in cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and virtual reality.
His research has led to important and highly visible scientific publications (Science) and awards (Pfizer Award for Neuroscience in 2009). He founded MindMaze in 2011 to design and develop novel applications in Neurorehabilitation and Gaming.
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