Can This Virtual Reality Headset Diminish Pain?

vrcare_headset_frogVirtual reality (VR) headsets went mainstream in 2016. While there’s much discussion about the future applications of this shiny new technology, designers at Frog Design have forged ahead to turn potential into prototypes.

Unlike most of the well-known uses of VR, the Frog project is focused on more than fun. Yes, entertainment is involved, but there’s more to it than a captivating game. Their VR Care headset is designed to be used by burn patients who must have their wounds cleaned regularly in an excruciating process that involves scrubbing and debridement. The idea is simple—playing a virtual reality game during the wound cleaning process to reduce pain. Executing that idea was not as straightforward, as the design team had to determine key considerations for and unique needs of the target user, and even went so far as to design VR games specifically for this application.

By Marie Thibault | MD&DI

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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