Genentech Uses Virtual Reality to Train Eye Surgeons

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The surgery requires the implant in the eye of a device, roughly the size of a grain of rice, that continuously releases a drug for the treatment of the disease. If the device in the clinical trial is approved by the Food and Drug Administration in a few years, Genentech expects to train the more than 2,200 retinal specialists in the U.S. Virtual reality will be a major component of that training in order for them to master the procedure, the company said. "Historically, surgeons had to learn on patients. What we're trying to do here is see all the possible permutations that can occur, in virtual reality, so that when [the surgeons] are actually doing this on a patient, they're ready," said Anthony Adamis, senior vice president of development innovation for Genentech. In virtual reality, users wear headsets in which they can see digitized representations of the real world.


The top 10 tech stories of 2016: Post-PC, post-reality

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Evolution inevitably involves the creation of new problems, and the big tech stories of the year show that this goes for IT just like anything else. While the internet has brought the world closer together, it also paved the way for fake news and new forms of espionage. The rise of AI has humans worried about being replaced. Chip makers are consolidating and scrambling to retool to meet the demands of virtual reality and the internet of things. And while Apple removed legacy ports on its new devices, a lot of users are grumbling about needing adapters for their favorite headphones and other peripherals.


Google I/O 2016: What to expect from Google's epic developer's conference

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The venue for this year's annual developer's conference, Shoreline Amphitheater, is not only bigger than past event spaces, it's also located smack-dab in the middle of the Silicon Valley, wedged right in between NASA Ames and Google's own headquarters in Mountain View. But it's not just the venue that's changed. At this year's I/O, Google will present itself as a branch of its parent company, Alphabet, rather than its own all-encompassing entity. And while there may be plenty of sessions devoted to Android development across phones, the living room, and auto, they'll sit alongside other workshops covering Google's peripheral projects. Indeed, the focus on virtual reality looks to be intense.


NASA reveals 'Martian rock garden' in a Pasadena warehouse that replicates the Martian surface

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As NASA's InSight lander prepares to deploys its first experiments on the Martian surface, the space agency has revealed the'Mars on earth' lab it built in a Pasadena warehouse to test it. Workers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are using a replica of the lander, named ForeSight, to test every command they send to the red planet. Engineers painstakingly recreated the landing area of craft from high resolution pictures it send back, using crushed rocks to simulate Martian sand. The'Martian rock garden' it built in a Pasadena warehouse to test its InSight rover Engineers practice deploying InSight's instruments in a lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Several of them are wearing sunglasses to block the bright yellow lights in the test space, which mimic sunlight as it appears on Mars.


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