Virtual Vietnam: Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder Treatment Environment
The Virtual Environments
Group at the Georgia Tech Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center
has developed a virtual reality simulation of Vietnam War combat.
This application was created to treat Vietnam veterans suffering from post
traumatic stress disorder, a debilitating psychological condition.
It is currently under evaluation by
psychotherapists at the Atlanta Veterans Administration hospital.
The environment allows users to wear a virtual reality helmet and ride
a combat helicopter. Additionally,
users can walk through a hostile helicopter landing zone. This project
effectively illustrates the capability of virtual environments to immerse
a person in a synthetic
world incorporating 3D graphics and audio. Furthermore,it highlights
the applicability of virtual environments to application areas including
entertainment, medicine, and training.
Vietnam Audio Samples
Images of the helicopter
landing zone environment
Images of the Huey helicopter