There is a virtual renaissance going on in the game industry right now. Gaming technology has become so universal and so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that we might not even notice it anymore, but things that were on the absolute cutting edge just five to eight years ago are standard practice in modern society.
One of the clearest examples of this is showcased when you take a trip to just about any hospital—or even your local doctor’s office. Doctor’s offices are finding ways to cut costs and provide superior care by implementing different technologies into their offices. Many practices are using tablets to a larger and larger degree that owe a lot of their development costs to the gaming industry of the mid to late 90s. These devices allow them to streamline the entire doctor visit so as to best allocate the doctor’s time, which is incredibly valuable.
And today, students who are studying to go into the dental or medical practice are using innovative technologies that allow them to do experimental, virtual surgeries via computers and simulations.
Consider the very costly and in depth surgery of doing dental implants. Doctors doing dental implants in Pontiac are now experimenting with virtual surgeries that can prepare students for the real event that not only decreases on the total time that a doctor must be physically present, but can provide a student with the kind of hands of experience that he or she might not otherwise get in a typical shadowing program. This kind of experience is invaluable to doctors, students, and patients alike.
Obviously I haven’t personally tried any of these programs, but the concept is absolutely brilliant. After all, the military has been applying these kinds of gaming technologies to the training of troops for a number of years now. If it works for them, is there any to reason why it wouldn’t work for other professions? I don’t see why not. Obviously, a combat-ready soldier is doing much different work than a surgeon for dental implants in Auburn Hills, but the concept is still sound: applying a virtual experience to real-life situations.
New technologies like this always give me a smirk because it is a big laugh for anyone who was told growing up that “Playing video games will rot your brain.” Well, the very technology that was “rotting my brain” ten years ago is now being used to save other peoples’ brains. It is a little bit of selfish gratification on my part.
And if we are using these technologies for surgeries and military training today, just think about what we will be using them for in the future. It is quite literally limitless. Now with the production and manufacturing of drones and similar technologies we may even have robots be performing dental and local oral surgeries. Who knows? All I know is that it is an exciting time to be involved in the gaming and technology world.
And it all based in some of the basic software’s that were developed for gaming.