New York City, NY- Feel dizzy or even maybe a bit nauseous every time you put on a virtual reality device? There’s a pill for that. VIRMO is the capsule that promises to alleviate symptoms of nausea and dizziness to help keep users immersed for longer and better VR experiences. By taking two of the VIRMO pills 30 minutes before putting on a VR headset, VIRMO promises to be the Asprin of VR.
But maybe a pill that recently skipped FDA approval isn’t your thing. For those, researchers are diving deep into virtual reality experiences to craft solutions within the devices themselves.
Creating a VR experience that reduces occurrences of motion sickness begins with a deep understanding of the root causes. The feeling of motion sickness occurs when the input from your eyes contradicts the input from their inner ear, which tracks motion and balance. Often, this sensation will result in vertigo, nausea and other unpleasant symptoms for users. Current VR headsets have screens that are not sharp enough to mirror the viewer’s motion. So when these transitions don’t match the body’s expectation, or when the display doesn’t blur the background when a user focuses on a single object, problems occur.
LCD screens created by researchers at Stanford Computational Imaging may be the answer to ultimately eliminating VR vertigo for those who are prone to motion sickness while using VR devices. The researchers built a headset with LCDs in each of the lenses in order to project the images as they would normally appear in real life to create smoother transitions within the VR experience.
This Stanford-based project could create an entire new wave of accessible options for people with technological disabilities. Be sure to follow the Stanford team on their future ventures in next-generation computational imaging and display systems.