Emteq is developing technology that allows computers to read your facial expression and emotions. This technology - named Facial Remote Activity Monitoring Eyewear (FRAME) is part of an £800,000 project funded by the National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation Programme. FRAME is being developed by a consortium led by Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with Queen Victoria Hospital in West Sussex, Brighton-based technology company Emteq, Coventry University, and the Facial Palsy UK charity.
An exciting opportunity to minimise reliance on pharmacological garments for mental health lies in Virtual Reality. Advances in Virtual Reality technology allow you to enter a world that is authentic enough to trigger your mind and body to behave as if it’s the real world.
"The addition of this new and exciting science to the surgical armamentarium is an important step and is a virtual certainty"
The quote above is not in response to the recent ground-breaking live VR surgery performed by Shafi Ahmed. In fact I wrote these lines in the British Journal of Surgery 22 years ago. Re-reading the article now, I cringe at my gushing enthusiasm - "it may be five or even 10 years before computers are capable of producing convincing images...". I glossed over the fact that the Silicon Graphics computers required to run the system cost $60,000 or more and the upper end of performance was 15 frames per second.
To many, the current excitement about VR may seem equally overblown, but as I've previously grazed my knees falling off the Hype Cycle, I know that this time it's different...