Cats in Space, Art Therapy, and Virtual Reality Collide – By amouhktar – September 26, 2017

Virtual Reality making headlines this year, one company is setting out to make the latest technology fun, healthy and intergalactic.

The three-year-old San Francisco VR company hosts a number of events at their Mission Street location this coming month, including one titled, “Cats in VR” which will lack in real cats, but will include virtual ones. This event encompasses all things feline, with proceeds going to the local SPCA to help cats in need find loving homes.

The events held at Upload dance along the line of quirky and fascinating, but the deeper levels of understanding of what VR can be used for is.  For example, the “VR Art Therapy Workshop” lead by Dr. Michelle Wang — an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) coach and international traumatologist who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology — gets participants to “explore facets of your personality you never knew existed,” and will help you “increase self-esteem and develop a greater self-awareness.” The event mixes both mind, body and tech with hopes of healing as an end result.

While news of future events look bright, recent news of a sexual harassment lawsuit by Upload grabbed headlines earlier this month. The lawsuit was filed in May of this year by Elizabeth Scott, formerly the director of digital and social media, and was settled by the company for an undisclosed amount on Sept. 6.

The world of VR and its multiple possibilities of uses is one that is ever growing: One estimate states that the virtual reality market in 2022 will be worth up nearly $34 billion. So while Upload may be in its toddler years, the future is bright and very green in this market. So get used to seeing more cats in space in the near future, and someday maybe even puppies.

The Cats in VR event will be held on October 13 and is priced at $10, you can purchase tickets here. The Art Therapy Workshop is on October 7 for $75 and you can purchase tickets here. For more information on Upload please visit,

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