Cas Spoelstra // Nasal Guard

2015

Virtual Reality Crash Course

Virtual Reality is an up and coming new technology that due to todays miniature electronics is becoming more then mere fantasy. The electronics might provide us with a new medium for interactive experiences, and it seems to get in a working state fast.

While the electronics might be ready, our human bodies might not be.

When viewing a Virtual Reality environment through VR goggles, Virtual Reality sickness can occur. Symptoms can include discomfort, headache, stomach awareness, vomiting, naussea and disorientation. The sickness is caused through perceived motion visually, while no real motion is felt in the body.

The VR installation in use.

Research found a possible solution to prevent VR sickness. When presenting a nose virtually within the same screen as the VR environment is played on the symptoms of VR sickness are possibly reduced.

A selection of noses which can be tested for VR sickness prevention.

Nasal Guard is an installation testing this principle. Similar to a dummy crash testing a car's airbag function, the user is submitted to a disorienting virtual course while testing different noses.

Still of the VR environment.
The video (nose excluded) being played on the virtual reality headset
Still of the VR environment.
Still of the VR environment.
Still of the VR environment.
Back cover of the VR installation.
The VR installation.
The VR installation.
The VR installation in use.