IN THE PRESS
Merging Physical and Virtual Worlds with Veena Somareddy, co-Founder of Neuro Rehab VR
On this Episode of Next Gen Ninja Kory discusses Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality with Veena Somareddy, co-Founder of Neuro Rehab VR. The conversation will delve into other forms of alternative realities like MR, XR and Spatial Computing and what Veena is achieving with Neuro Rehab VR.
Veena also speaks about what drew her towards the healthcare industry and how she is applying these technologies to this industry, specifically implementing VR for physical & cognitive neurological therapy.
Watch to learn about how the world of AR and VR will look like in the coming 5-10-15 years world.
DHDAL 2019: VR and Physical Therapy with Henry Weber of Neuro Rehab VR
DreamHack, the esports and gaming lifestyle convention held across the world came to Dallas at the beginning of June. The three-day 24-hour convention had a lot to offer including music, competition, cosplay, and a hall of vendors and organizations that share an intersection with gaming. While we walked the expo hall one booth stood out, Neuro Rehab VR. Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, the company running the booth specializes in utilizing VR in physical therapy rehabilitation centers. Something, that although makes total sense, had never crossed my mind. As I got to speaking with Henry Weber, Business Development, Marketing & Sales, I knew that I wanted to highlight them when the convention was over.
Weber was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions and give us more information on how Neuro Rehab VR puts a gaming device to work in a space of recovering and therapy.
Fort Worth start-up has potential VR, therapy success
Featured on the front cover of Fort Worth Business Press and with a great article written inside, readers get an exclusive look at Neuro Rehab VR.
A large, white tower-like structure welcomes visitors to Neurological Recovery Center on Camp Bowie Boulevard. From the outside, the boxy tower is at a standstill. But inside, a lot of movements are taking place. Various machines, treadmills and exercising tools are spread across a spacious central area. The clinic offers advanced, computer-assisted therapies to patients who have mobility disabilities. A door-less exit on a corner opens up to a corridor. It leads to the back end of the building to a room with TVs, all attached to virtual reality headsets. Here, inside an enclosed cubicle, Veena Somareddy types away on computer codes most days.
Somareddy is the co-founder and president of Neuro Rehab VR. The company develops virtual and augmented reality software or games to simulate experiences and medical training. Neuro Rehab VR offers rehabilitation of patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. The company is one of the first and few in the health care industry that applies VR technology in the treatment of neurological diseases and injuries, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s and others.
2019 Katerva Awards Finalists - Neuro Rehab VR for Human Development
For the 8th year Katerva has been scouring the globe to identify the most promising sustainable disruptive innovations, the kind of innovation that makes our world a better place, and leads us towards sustainability. Reuters Environment Forum had this to say about us: "If the Nobel Society had an award for sustainable innovations, it would resemble the Katerva Awards, an international prize for the most promising ideas and innovations to advance the planet towards sustainability." Founded by Terry Waghorn, who is joined by board members Ken Blanchard and Maylin Burnham, Katerva's mission is to create a global community interested in finding and accelerating the spread of the world's most promising sustainable innovations.
MEDICAL CAPITAL INNOVATION COMPETITION - AR/VR/XR: The New Reality of Healthcare
Selected as a finalist out of 80 world applicants, we had the opportunity to speak with many great mentors and judges, provide demos of our technology, network with other companies and see their XR healthcare solutions, with a pitch competition to top it off. A great valuable experience!
Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions
Fast Company‘s third annual World Changing Ideas Awards drew nearly 2,000 submissions across 17 categories. Fast Company editors and reporters created lists of honorable mentions and finalists, and then our panel of judges picked winners in each category. Fast Company's World Changing Ideas of 2019 lists Neuro Rehab VR as an honorable mention for health and wellness.
Neuro Rehab VR partners with UTARI to develop robotic glove for post-stroke hand rehabilitation
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute is making flexible soft robotic gloves that will aid in rehabilitating stroke patients through virtual reality gaming. Combining this glove with the virtual reality gaming to be developed by Neuro Rehab VR will enable stroke patients to engage in rehabilitation activities for regaining their hand function.
The team was recently awarded a $224,893 National Science Foundation grant to use robotic-assisted, virtual reality-based therapy for stroke patients. The grant is part of the NSF’s Small Business Technology Transfer Fund and is aimed at helping technology startups commercialize products.
FORBES - 13 Of The Best Virtual Reality Uses In Industry To Date
Successful CIOs, CTOs & executives from Forbes Technology Council offer firsthand insights on tech & business. Many companies are integrating or planning to integrate VR technology into their business plans. Neuro Rehab VR is listed as the top Virtual Reality use for Physical Therapy.
DALLAS INNOVATES - Meet the Innovators: Veena Somareddy, Neuro Rehab VR
Neuro Rehab VR Co-Founder, CTO, and President, Veena Somareddy, was recently featured on the front cover of Dallas Innovates. Check out the conversation Veena had with Dallas Innovates as she dives into her inspirations, failures, breakthrough moments, and everything Neuro Rehab VR.
Rising Tide Announces the Winners of the 1st FORT Cohort
Rising Tide Initiative is a leader and supporter of new ideas, ventures, and creations that ultimately better the lives of those around us. We collaborate with individuals and organizations to change the world by increasing social and economic prosperity within our local communities. The FORT is a project created by the Rising Tide Initiative. Through a collaboration with WeWork, we are providing ten entrepreneurs a free place to build their business for six months. It's more than a desk; it's a community.
Neuro Rehab VR to compete at Startup of the Year Pitch Competition in Boston
We are thrilled to announce that we are officially in the running to become the 6th Annual Startup of the Year champion! As one of the Top 100 Semifinalists, we will showcase & compete at Innovate Celebrate in Boston from Oct 15-17. Startup of the Year is a global competition and network established to elevate and support startup founders. Join us!
2018 KERNEL Social Innovation Pitch Competition
We have been selected as one of eight semi-finalists for the 2018 KERNEL pitch competition who will compete for a spot in this year's top three. KERNEL fosters social innovation and provides resources and seed funding for organizations and programs that comprise a combination of social impact, a sustainable revenue model, and an innovative approach to solving the social challenges in our community.
The WXR Venture Fund - 2nd Pitch Showcase
The WXR Fund partners with the Augmented World Expo (AWE) to host the 2nd WXR Pitch Showcase and launch the 2nd WXR Cohort featuring Top XR Female Founders. Neuro Rehab VR's Veena Somareddy joins other top XR Founders to pitch their startups to a panel of industry leaders and investors.
SXSW - Tied for Third Place Neuro Rehab VR at the SXSW Release It Pitch Competion
Ten national startup companies competed fiercely for the chance to be the winner of this year’s SXSW Release It, a live pitch competition for startups that took place on Friday, March 9. Release It’s goal is to create a platform for companies to launch new innovations and the event had a well-qualified panel of judges to ensure that happened.
Neuro Rehab VR experiments with GeoDome Panorama and OptiTrack Motion Tracking for an alternative Virtual Reality Therapy Experience
The Neurological Rehabilitation VR project at the Neurological Recovery Center in Fort Worth, TX, is using a customized GeoDome Panorama with their OptiTrack Motion Tracking system to create virtual reality games for upper and lower body stroke rehabilitation. “The GeoDome’s height and field of view lets us to display the patient’s avatar in true scale to their body on the screen, and he or she can interact with the virtual objects like they would in real life. The curved display and resolution of the screen helps to immerse the patients in the task/game they are performing and therefore enjoy their therapy sessions,” said Veena Somareddy.
HEALTHIAR - Neuro Rehab VR launches LokoSprint for lower-limb mobility
LokoSprint is an endless runner game created to be played on the Lokomat robotic gait trainer for physical therapy. Robotic gait trainers such as the Lokomat are used in place of treadmill gait training for patients with neurological or muscular disorders.
DALLAS INNOVATES - UT Dallas Big Idea Competition
The UT Dallas Big Idea Competition, held by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, gives participants the opportunity to develop and present business ideas while competing for cash and scholarship prizes. Neuro Rehab VR wins the $15,000 first-place prize and received the $2,500 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS - Entrepreneurs Make Their Pitch on the Big Stage at Big Idea Competition
A year of transformation in the innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives at The University of Texas at Dallas culminated recently as a team led by a doctoral student from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) took the top prize at the finals of the 2017 Big Idea Competition.
Neuro Rehab VR, which develops virtual reality games to help patients recover from strokes, neurodegenerative diseases or traumatic brain injuries, won the competition’s $15,000 first-place prize and received the $2,500 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
FORT WORTH BUSINESS PRESS - The Right Direction: Developer opens rehab center for brain, spinal injuries
Bruce Conti, a commercial real estate developer and president of Conti Warehouses in Fort Worth, is determined that his son and other North Texans who have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries will continue to progress “in the right direction.” He and his wife have established the Neurological Recovery Center equipped with state-of-the-art robotic therapy equipment.