Virtual reality may be the future for video games but it can also help people with disabilities increase their independence.


A new simulator at the University of South Florida is already making strides. The computer assisted rehabilitation environment, CAREN for short, gives researchers the chance to study and help with the development of physical therapy.

The $1 million machine takes up an entire room. While harnessed in the simulator, users can control a car or even a boat by leaning from side to side.

The technology can also help people with PTSD, according to researchers.
"We can actually have a car backfiring in our environment and see how they respond and collect information about their stress levels," said Stephanie Carey, an assistant research professor.
The simulator is still being tested but formal studies will begin soon.

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