Social virtual reality (VR) invites multiple users to interact in a shared immersive environment, which can be potentially useful for remote personalized healthcare. This demo presents a social VR clinic that allows patients to consult a nurse represented as a virtual avatar. It offers a "walk-in" virtual surgery room, enables patients to interact with animated virtual 3D artifacts, and train the patient to use an injection tool wearing a pair of mechanical VR gloves that provide haptic feedback (SenseGlove). The demo shows the potential of social VR as a new tool to help patients receive remote personalized medical care.

Social virtual reality, Social VR, VR haptics, Virtual healthcare
IBM Research, Shanghai, China
ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences,
Distributed and Interactive Systems

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