Latest Telepresence and Visual Collaboration News:
Darpa to troubled soldiers: Meet your new simulated therapist
April 26, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
It's the latest in a long series of efforts to assuage soaring rates of depression, anxiety and PTSD that afflict today's troops. Military brass have become increasingly willing to try just about anything, from yoga and reiki to memory-adjustment pills, that holds an iota of promise. They've even funded computerized therapy before: In 2010, for example, the military launched an effort to create an online health portal that'd include video chats with therapists.
But this project, funded by Darpa, the Pentagon's far-out research arm, is way more ambitious. Darpa's research teams are hoping to combine 3-D rendered simulated therapists -- think Sims characters mixed with ELIZA -- with sensitive analysis software that can actually detect psychological symptoms "by analyzing facial expressions, body gestures and speech," Dr. Albert Rizzo, who is leading the project alongside Dr. Louis-Philippe Morency, tells Danger Room. The therapists won't treat patients, but they will help flesh-and-blood counselors by offering a general diagnosis of what ails soldiers, and how serious the problem is.
Add New Comment
Telepresence Options welcomes your comments! You may comment using your name and email (which will not be displayed), or you may connect with your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or DISQUS account.
25 October 2016 25 October 2016 25 October 2016
25 August 2016
Mantaro Introduces the MantaroBot TeleTrak Telepresence Robot for Rugged Industrial, Manufacturing, and Construction Environments22 August 2016
You can now pre-order limited units of the i2u2 v2.0 remote telepresence robot at a discounted price6 July 2016
See what happens when YouTube and TPO come together at the Telepresence Options YouTube Channel.