VR technology brings changes to us.

<To you> -VR technology brings changes to us Have you ever had anyone who makes you feel sad for even thinking about him or her? In my case, I miss my late dog so much that thinking about her gets me emotional. I think about her whenever I run into a dog in the same breed as her. What if I could see her again? Apparently, it seems like VR technology can make it possible soon. South Korea's broadcasting channel MBC aired "I met you (너를 만났다)" last week, centering on a mom who lost her 7-year-old daughter 3 years ago. Her daughter suffered from an incurable disease that she got a few months before her death. In the show, the mom and the rest of her family still miss her. "Although I crave to see her again, she never shows up in my dream, " says the mom in an interview. To make her wish come true, the staff team up with one of the best South Korean VR makers. Together, they record hundreds of different voices of young girls around the daughter's age to choose the most similar voice of her. And then, they design the daughter's looks in the VR based on pictures and videos of her. Finally, they record the motions of an actor to adopt more realistic motions. On the day the mom meets her daughter through VR, she bursts into tears. The mom tells her daughter how she thinks of her every single moment. After they spend time together, the daughter says goodbye to her mom. The mom promises her daughter they will meet again in the future. And the VR ends. "My daughter's face looked different (in the VR), " says the mom. "But she looked quite similar at a distance, especially when she was hopping around. I could immerse myself in it. It was pretty good." She will probably miss her daughter soon again. But if the VR experience was helpful, even temporarily, couldn't we say the technology is promising for us? Unsurprisingly, many medical fields are adopting VR technology to better their processes. A VR program visualizing a patient's organs helps surgeons to plan better surgery. Patients with Parkinson's disease find VR to be effective in helping them rebuild their balance skills. And neurologists use VR to detect people with early Alzheimer's disease. The value of the VR market in the medical industry is estimated to be $5.1 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research. Just like the mom who finally said goodbye to her daughter through VR, many people might need its help. And the growing technology is there for them. Maybe I can meet my dog soon as well. @official_theasians theasians.org

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