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.
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.
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.