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PHOBOS on TV

Last Saturday, Psychological Technologies' CEO Fernando Tarnogol was invited to the TV Magazine Geekye on Argentinean TV to talk about PHOBOS and demo it for the first time on television.

If you are not exactly sure about what VR CBT is pr what our aim for the project is, this interview [in Spanish] may clarify a few points.

During the interview, we discussed uses for virtual reality in psychological treatments as well as how VR interacts with our brain.

PHOBOS Tech Demo Ready to Download

We are happy to announce that a Tech Demo of PHOBOS is now available to download clicking here.

We have released 2 demos: one compatible with the Oculus Rift DK2 and another one that supports the DK1 and can also be used in non-VR mode so those of you who don't yet own a Rift can still try it.

While the DK1 demo has a main menu where you can choose where to appear when you launch PHOBOS, we removed the main menu for the DK2 version in order to allow the software to run on DirectToRift mode.

We are holding on for the next version of Unity (the development engine) to add the user interface and redesign the main menu since Unity will come with revamped user interface design features.

Be advised that the City environment (in which you initially spawn) is processor intensive. See system requirements in the PhobosUserGuide document appended to the zip file. DirectToRift mode is only recommended for high-end systems.

On the other hand, the Subway environment and the scenes that are accessible through the internal elevator in the main tower of the City will work smoothly in most mid-range systems.

There are still optimisations to be made and bugs to be solved in the next updates that we'll be sending to our campaign supporters.

Last but not least, at the last minute we decided to add a small teaser of what will be the ability to use PHOBOS for treating fear of birds. 
 

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the future of PHOBOS and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy through the lenses of the Oculus Rift

We Were Featured on Scientific American MagazineĀ“s October issue

October´s issue of SciAm is out and it includes the article -Virtually Revolutionary- featuring Dr. Albert Rizzo (one of the pioneers in PTSD Exposure Therapy) and our very own Fernando Tarnogol.

Even though the complete issue is behind a pay-wall, you can check the abstract following this link:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/virtual-reality-headset-is-reinventing-exposure-therapy/

 

 

PsyTech at Oculus Connect

On September 19th and 20th, 2014 Oculus VR held its first ever developer conference where we had the opportunity to talk to Oculus team members, connect with other developers from around the world and test upcoming technology such as the Samsung Gear VR mobile headset and the impressive Oculus Rift prototype Crescent Bay.

Oculus Connect is a developer conference that brings together engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world to share and collaborate in the interest of creating the best virtual reality experiences possible.

It was 2 days packed with workshops, talks, demonstrations and lots of networking.

Fernando M. Tarnogol, founder of PsyTech LLC was there and had the opportunity to talk to like minded individuals who share his passion for Psychology and Technology, discuss Perceptual Psychology with Michael Abrash (Oculus Chief Scientist and one of the most renonowned personalities in the software development industry) and even talk with Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift.

We will bring all of the knowledge acquired during Oculus Connect to PHOBOS and starting next year, we will start organizing workshops, talks and providing consulting services to those interested in Virtual Reality development.

Through Oculus Connect, we learned where we should be focusing our efforts in the next few months. This conference also laid a clear path for the future of all of the Virtual Reality industry in the coming years and we look forward to sharing that knowledge.