Virtual Reality Lets Scientists Walk Into a Cancer Cell
(Editor’s note: Although we discuss and curate lots of articles related to ‘the mobile of things,’ we generally don’t devote time, energy, and space to mobile gaming. Maybe we just work too much for our own good, but working hard for our clients (and yes, obtaining more new clients) is a passion we have. We might feel a bit slimy if we talked too much about (or spent time actually playing) such games. So, imagine how blown away we are in running across this fantastic Mashable article about some obviously very smart people who are utilizing virtual reality game technology to hopefully allow some other very smart people in the medical field to fight cancer…and in a very, very cutting-edge way. Like virtually walking INTO a cancer cell! For now, the technology is being used for educational purposes only, but the eventuality is it might allow scientists to witness – from the inside – diseased cells in a way that can’t compare when simply seeing them on a video monitor. The prospects, to say the least, are incredibly exciting! Read on…..)
After generations of peering into a microscope to examine cells, scientists could simply stroll straight through one.
Calling his project the “stuff of science fiction,” director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), John McGhee is letting people come face-to-face with a breast cancer cell.
Using data pulled from a high-resolution electron-microscope at the University of Queensland, the expert in CGI has recreated the cancer cell in virtual reality.
McGhee told Mashable Australia his team uses Unity, the development platform for video games, to build a 3D mesh of the cell adding texture, colour, light and any effects.
Putting on a HTC Vive VR headset, scientists can essentially step into the petri dish and observe nanoparticle drugs being absorbed. They also use hand controllers to navigate the experience. Image: […]