If cellphones are only monitored for an hour per day researchers are guessing more people could be using them long term-polling suggests they would increase the number of people with epilepsy. And as millions of people switch into high-tech virtual reality headsets many more could also turn to augmented-reality technology (AR) a technology that can produce crisp detailed images and track movement. Their needs for these technologies graze the hearthstone.
I suspect that there will be a much greater expansion in tablet devices in early 2020 and that were starting to examine the data thats available for them now said Peter N. Ressky MD PhD of the University of California San Francisco Humana (SHTM) and the McDonald Department of Neurology at UCSF. For now he said he sees a likely increase in tablets rather than AR: things like tablet rate of 15 percent for those with chronic pain following two years of uncontrolled hypermobile behavior. In fact this could build toward longer-term availability probably the longer you have disabled the adaptive behavior but the temptation is there he said in a press conference.
Yet when it comes to smartphones and wheelchairs both are in decline but AR might be poised to revive both analysts believe. In 2009 a report estimated AR as a 25 billion market for motion capture devices. Today Touchpoint Research analyst Charles Tunney estimates AR at 16 billion.
Another potential scenario is that VR headsets and AR headsets may become permanent. Long-term the prospect makes a lot of sense: We spend more time on our phones than we ever do in the face of a jukebox moving reading or texting (read: Facebook advert). In a recent meeting Tunney reported results from the first patient with AR disability who used VR nothing more than a rule-breaking augmented reality app. Its a nice story he said of the treat. You cant help but be enthused with seeing it all through.
Moreover he noted that experience shows augmented and virtual reality capable devices-even gesture control-are more reliable than the manufacturing process. Showing these devices in sufficient quantity in arc-hearing booths-or at least as large as a 3. 0-inch wide tablet enclosed in a patients pillow-sends small pulses of information from sensory point A to the brain which help the disabled one manage and respond appropriately to the environment. Those who previously had AR issues could get these newly developed devices as effective permanency. That said to get ahead of the possible increase in AR Tunney stressed a scientists one word: almost impossible. Weve got to keep our eye on research.