Covid-19_ Pico and ThirdEye step up to supply patients and first responders

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X2 MR Glasses enable first responders to detect fevers, a key symptom of Covid-19, through an attached thermal sensor and consult doctors and other medical professionals remotely via telehealth

Quick read

➨ US-based ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses are being used by first responders in a new trial
➨ Pico Interactive has teamed up with XRHealth to supply VR devices to meet significant demand for telehealth services
➨ The initiatives could significantly improve responder safety and patient access to healthcare services

The story

Two makers of VR and MR headsets are working to meet rising demand for immersive technology and experiences from medical and emergency services organisations and professionals tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

US-based ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses are being used by first responders in a new trial. X2 MR Glasses enable first responders to detect fevers, a key symptom of Covid-19, through an attached thermal sensor and consult doctors and other medical professionals remotely via telehealth through the glasses’ built-in WiFi.

X2 MR Glasses from ThirdEye
X2 MR Glasses from ThirdEye

Under the new pilot programme, firefighters at Marcus Hook Fire Department, which protects the borough of Marcus Hook near Philadelphia, will use X2 MR Glasses equipped with an attachable forward-looking infrared thermal sensor to help stay safe, remain hands-free and keep focused during their mission-critical tasks.

Former US Congressman Curt Weldon, who spearheaded the pilot programme, emphasised the new equipment’s ability to help keep first responders safe during the pandemic. He said: “Our first responders are working 24/7 to help slow the spread of Covid-19, putting themselves and their families at risk as they’re exposed on the job. By equipping the Marcus Hook Fire Department firefighters with X2 MR Glasses, we’re helping them stay safe on the job.”  

Marcus Hook Fire Department will be the first to deploy the pilot programme, which ThirdEye is also offering to other firefighter and first responder associations nationwide.

Nick Cherukuri, founder and chief executive officer of ThirdEye, said: “Firefighters and first response EMS teams are risking their lives every day during this pandemic to ensure the safety and health of our communities. We’re excited to be working with Marcus Hook Fire Department and are looking forward to helping other first responders be better equipped.”

Another headset maker working to supply essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic is Pico Interactive

It has teamed up with XRHealth, which secured new funding this week to expand its immersive telehealth clinics, to supply VR devices to meet significant demand for telehealth services following the implementation of social distancing guidelines in many countries around the world.

The partnership will provide patients in the US, Europe, and Australia with VR telehealth kits, a combination of Pico headsets and pre-installed VR therapy so that XRHealth clinicians can treat and monitor patients remotely. There will be no rental fees for Pico headsets and anyone with insurance affiliated with XRHealth will receive the service for free or at a discounted price for the kit.

“We want to enhance the telehealth experience with VR by making it easy and fun for patients to get the treatment they need and deserve.”

Will Winston, Pico Interactive

The kits will initially be available for purchase via XRHealth. Resellers will also sell them later this year. Commenting on the partnership, Will Winston, US sales and partnerships director at US-headquartered Pico, said: “Pico is excited to partner with XRHealth and be at the forefront of virtual therapy. We want to enhance the telehealth experience with VR by making it easy and fun for patients to get the treatment they need and deserve. Working with XRHealth is a great opportunity for us to do just that.”

Eran Orr, chief executive officer of Israel- and US-based immersive healthcare company XRHealth, said: “Our partnership with Pico demonstrates our commitment to providing patients and doctors the much-needed virtual reality telehealth services during the pandemic. We are excited to offer the healthcare industry a new device that will enable us to serve patients around the world with virtual reality therapy on best-of-class headsets.”

Earlier in April, Pico also teamed up with MyndVR, a developer of health and wellbeing VR solutions for senior living communities, and streaming service Littlstar to donate equipment and content to combat the effects of social isolation among elderly and vulnerable individuals.

Main image: A first responder use case for X2 MR Glasses
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