The VR app that teaches you how to save lives

The Week - Junior - - On Screen -

Most of the at­ten­tion around vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) tech­nol­ogy has fo­cused on games, but the lat­est use for VR is much more se­ri­ous: it’s teach­ing peo­ple to save lives in a dig­i­tally sim­u­lated world.

Life­saver VR is a new app cre­ated for the Bri­tish char­ity the Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Coun­cil. It teaches peo­ple how to help some­one who’s just had a car­diac ar­rest (which is when your heart stops pump­ing blood around your body).

The app works on iPhone and An­droid smart­phones as well as in web browsers, and uses videos to teach peo­ple how to per­form CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) by push­ing down on a per­son’s chest rhyth­mi­cally to help start the heart again.

The char­ity hopes that this will help more peo­ple sur­vive car­diac ar­rests.

The VR app helps you save lives.

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