In our previous posts about the future of photography, we wrote about contextualised cameras reading people’s emotions and ‘All Sense Imaging’ that engages your five senses. In the third part of our Future of Imaging Report we look at the role of photography in the medical world.
Future of Imaging Trend 3 of 4: Visual Wellbeing
Always connected, always stressed
We live in a world where smartphones have become our Swiss army knives – equipped with applications for almost anything from personal organisers to games and fitness to social media. Multi-tasking is now the name of the game, and we end up filling every moment of downtime by checking our emails while waiting in the queue for lunch, texting while crossing the street, and reading the news while chatting with our friends.
We feel more pressure than ever before to always be ‘on’ and connected and this constant multi-tasking has a negative affect on our health. There is now a rising trend in a demand for anything that helps us switch off – escapists’ environments are increasing and visual wellbeing will become an important part of that.
Visual stimulation is photography’s answer to rising stress levels. In the future, screens on the ceilings of examination rooms will help patients remain calm and relaxed during their treatment. On visits to the doctor you will be able to pick your favourite location to escape to – from lying on the beach in Mexico to exploring the French Alps. According to Universal Everything’s Matt Pyke “visual stimulation can have a really positive effect on patients by accelerating the recovery period, and reducing the need for prescription drugs such as painkillers and antibiotics.”
The use of immersive visual technology won’t stop here. We already see the health benefits of visual imagery taking over our homes and offices. In the past we used screensavers – now devices can be transformed to respond to sounds in the room or the presence of people. In the coming decade this trend will expand into all parts of our lives: relieve a headache at work with a quick visual therapy during lunch or break up the stress of a business trip with peaceful imagery of your favourite holiday location.
A visual revolution is underway. ‘Visual Wellbeing’ might just be the remedy we’ve been waiting for to relax and reenergize in the busy times ahead.
Our next blog post looks at Live Visualization and Visual Analytics. In the meantime you can read the full report here.