A lingering problem of virtual reality headsets is that users face sim sickness. Many efforts are being carried out to reduce this problem. Recently the inclusion of virtual nose is being discussed as it is thought to reduce sim sickness among users of VR headsets. However, now it seems this technology itself can be used to tackle air sickness among travelers and also fight jet lag during flights. Flow IFE, a British in-flight entertainment company has created a prototype device that displays air passengers a virtual horizon that imitates the aircraft’s movement.
So what is the device all about? Let us have a look at this post to know more.
Fighting Air Sickness with Flow VR
Flow VR is the name of the device which has been developed by Flow IFE to fight jet lags and air sickness. The device can help fight the clash between the data coming from a person’s eyes and their sense of balance that they have in their inner ear. This disconnection between the sense of balance and eyes, leads to travel sickness.
The device also helps the travelers to get familiar with the new time zones during their flight. This is possible as the headset shows them realistic high quality images of their destination which replicates the time of the day they are traveling through.
The general manager for product development at Flow IFE, Leon Codrington, said “The worst thing for bringing on motion sickness is a disconnect between what the eyes are seeing and what the body is feeling. If you’re sat still, looking at a seat in front that isn’t moving, yet you can feel the aircraft weaving all over the skies that can make you feel ill very quickly. What our system does is eliminate that disconnect by showing you a horizon that moves up and down as the aircraft does.”
How does the Device Work?
Flow IFE displayed the prototype of its device last week, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The device detects movement of the aircraft using accelerometers and shows the passengers a horizon that moves with the aircraft inside. Travelers can also explore their destination with 3D content. The passengers can be kept informed about updates by showing notifications from the crew on the screen. The virtual reality headsets can also be used to play games or watch movies. The cost of the VR headsets is expected to be around £300 to £500 each.
Different airlines have already started using virtual reality to provide in-flight entertainment to the travelers. Now, this technology will be used for more beneficial purpose.
What’s your thought?
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