xR HEAD Program Funding Results
March 10, 2020 (Edmonton, Alberta)… The xR HEAD program has released the results for the competition launched in November 2019.
xR HEAD enables the testing and adoption of Virtual and Augmented Reality (collectively “xR”) technologies in healthcare settings including provider and patient education and direct patient care.
The Program is delivered in collaboration with the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Association (Alberta Chapter) – a globally recognized association that is a thought-leader and catalyzer of technology development in the xR space.
This unique collaboration allows Alberta Innovates to deliver a first-of-kind opportunity to leverage global xR networks, resources, and markets to support the growth of our xR industry in Alberta and the adoption of Alberta-based xR applications in health.
- The projects will run from March 2020 to March 2022.
- We received 21 application and 7 projects were ultimately selected.
- The total value of all the awards is $1.6 million.
- Applicants contributed a further $542 thousand.
- The total xR HEAD investment amounts to $2.1 million.
Successful applicants for the xR HEAD program:
|Applicant||Receptor||Project Title||Award Value|
|Dynacor Communications Inc.||Alberta Health Services – Emergency Medical Services||Prolonged Exposure Therapy VR||$174,040|
|ICOM Productions Inc.||Bow Valley College||Virtual Reality Focused Assessment Tool||$250,000|
|University of Alberta||Alberta Health Services – Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital||Glenrose: xR Simulations to Increase Patient Compliance for Rehabilitation||$249,425|
|KO Group Ltd.||University of Alberta – Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences||Degenerative Eye Condition VR Experience||$250,000|
|Luxsonic Technologies, Inc.||Pureform Diagnostic Imaging Clinics||SieVrt – Clinical workflow integration of a virtual reality radiology system||$202,650|
|Red Iron Labs Ltd.||Lethbridge College||CareGiVR: Building Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care Through Immersive Education||$250,000|
|AnimationLeader Technology Inc.||Caleo Health||Development of a Standardized BioMechanics Assessment Protocol (BMAP) using Bodiometer’s AR-enabled Posture Tracking App||$249,988|
For more information about the xR HEAD program, visit the xR HEAD page.
Senior Business Partner – Health Innovation