This is my mate Dr C, who I used to work with not so long ago. He's pictured here in his den, surrounded by more computer hardware than you could shake a stick at. Still, that's what he does - he gets paid to play with this stuff, all day long.
Anyway, my mate Dr C is still banging away at this stuff, playing with virtual reality headsets, motion detection systems and pretty cool games. If it wasn't for all the admin involved, the stress of research targets and the almost yearly 'restructuring' of University departments it would be close to being the best job in the world. Next week yer man is off to Italy, he tells me. Last month it was Spain. And he's a couple of weeks to do in Oslo later in the year. I did a fair bit of travelling in my day too, but to be honest, while it's always nice to go somewhere new, I don't miss it. Airports are really not fun places to be any more and I find travelling more of a hassle these days.
So I got to try out his latest systems the other day and it was clear things have moved on in the couple of years since I've been out of it. The technology was much improved - the headset provided better immersion, smoother movement and more accurate registration of the graphics with your own hand movements. I'd really love to see this work come to fruition and be installed in all the stroke units up and down the country - in every country. Eventually, of course, the idea is to have it in the home, so people can use it anytime, just as they do with a TV, laptop or games console. That's the plan, anyway.