Virtual and Augmented Reality

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Dan Garrett of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London watches as a visitor tastes food using Tasteworks technology, a Virtual Reality experience that augments and stimulates taste, during a design competition showcase of wearable technology at the Augmented Human International Conference in Singapore March 10, 2015. The conference runs from March 9 to 11. Tasteworks was developed from a study of dementia patients' communication difficulties.  Such patients with deteriorating recognition capabilities may find eating stressful and unenjoyable. Using Oculus Rift and Leap Motion technology, Tasteworks places the subject in a "hyper realistic Virtual World" where flavour can be generated and emphasized. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS) - GM1EB3A1FDC01

Could virtual reality replace some real-life research labs? Image: REUTERS/Edgar Su

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