Don't Drive Under The Influence Of Virtual Reality

Posted: May 31 2016, 9:23am CDT | by , in News | Technology News


Don't Drive Under the Influence of Virtual Reality
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Motion sickness is a known problem of virtual reality. The Navy has research from Flight Simulators that says that the effects of nausea and disorientation continue hours after VR use.

If you want to cool your excitement about virtual reality than read this answer on Quora to the question how big the problem of nausea is in virtual reality products. Steve Baker has over 25 years experience in flight simulators and virtual reality. He says comes down hard on the new virtual reality wave calling for VR goggles to be banned.

He explains in his Quora post the issues why many people will experience nausea using VR systems. This has been talked about a lot already. Oculus details the effects and issues also in their documentation.

The bigger issue is the possibility of the side effects of spending prolonged time in virtual reality having an impact long after the session ended. The Navy has published research about flight simulator users being disoriented hours of the sessions. The US Military advises against flying a plane or even driving a car for 24 hours after being inside a simulator.

If this is an issue in consumer VR systems, then this is a huge problem. Users would need to take a test like a alcohol test after a VR session to make sure if they are fit to drive. 

Most in the VR industry are likely aware of this issue. Microsoft research just recently unveiled a VR headset equipped with LEDs to battle motion sickness. See video below. Not all is lost, but there are still major challenges ahead to be solved bofore virtual reality is really here to stay.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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