Spatial Computing is the name that some technologists give to the ubiquitous eventual world of xR. For those who don't know, xR refers to VR, AR and MR, or Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. VR uses a headset to put you in a world that is entirely computer generated. AR allows you to view your own real environment (through glasses or contacts) and it adds (or augments) that environment with computer generated graphics or holograms. These graphics are often static. MR does what AR does, but allows for the graphics to interact with other objects in the environment. At 18Loop, we are initially interested in the VR aspect of Spatial Computing. We feel that the current level of technology is more than sufficient to make a huge impact. We are now deploying the Oculus Quest, and as is often the case, new technology (the Quest 2) has emerged. 18Loop is excited to deploy the Quest 2 soon with Tripp environments. We believe that this new (and very real) solution will help kids with cancer tolerate treatment, recover and thrive.
Based on our resources, we think xR will play a huge role in society in the coming decade and beyond. The top tech companies are all investing in the development of this technology and what is currently available can no longer be ignored. By 2025, we'll see AR glasses becoming more prevalent. The initial adopters will be thought of the same way early iPhone adopters were: "your phone is nice to have, but I don't need it!". In similar fashion, in 2030 even Grandma will be using xR.
18Loop is excited about the times we live in. VR has been proven to have an efficacy greater than morphine in treating pain. Our partners at Tripp offer a Virtual Stress Management solution that is not yet an authorized therapy, but combines gaming, meditation and computer science to scientifically improve mood. Stick with us to watch and read about the results of our Pilot with the American Childhood Cancer Organization! Spatial Computing is at an early age, but it's here to stay. Help us help our kids fight cancer and win.