Mobile Virtual Reality on the Amsterdam metro, a social experiment

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Mobile Virtual Reality on the Amsterdam metro, a social experiment

 No body really seemed to care, the photographer got most of the attention :)

No body really seemed to care, the photographer got most of the attention :)

 The gloomy Dutch weather fails to disrupt my mood whilst in our alternate VR "reality"...

The gloomy Dutch weather fails to disrupt my mood whilst in our alternate VR "reality"...

Everyone is on his or her phones whilst riding the metro these days. So it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s on VR. But what would it be like to be one of the first to wear VR on public transport (at the very least in the city of Amsterdam)? It seems not much different from having your head buried in your phone, just a whole lot better, especially whilst running our upcoming relaxation app Project Serenity!

At the start whilst putting the headset on, I did get some looks. My colleague Christopher (taking the pictures) mentioned that while wearing the device, people would glance towards me and then revert back to their mobile phones, doing whatever it was they were doing.  Most people were so locked into their phones that they didn't even notice I had a headset on. In this day and age, it seems people are curious but not surprised by much.

From a usability side, you do have to keep an ear out for the callout of the next station so you don't miss your stop, or maybe a pocket alarm would be more fitting as not to unnecessarily disrupt your experience. Perhaps that's an insight to build into our app. One things for certain, taking the metro was definitely a more enjoyable experience!

Ayden

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GenesisVR @ Dutch VR Meetup Demo Day & preHackaton

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GenesisVR @ Dutch VR Meetup Demo Day & preHackaton

What a weekend!

We premiered our demo of Project Serenity to the curious public at the Dutch VR Meetup’s Demo Day & preHackton situated at Leidesplein’s Stadsschouburg. We set up shop alongside some fantastic developers and enthusiasts who demonstrated everything from VR racing to LSD VR experiences.

The turn out was extraordinary, with dozens of people putting themselves forward to experience VR first hand (and some, for the first time). And what really got us excited was the huge volume who came forth to experience Project Serenity. Giving them the full treatment, our audience was completely submerged in our alternate relaxation world, taking some time to relax from the busy conference room.

Many thanks to everyone who tried out Project Serenity. Your appraisal and feedback is greatly appreciated! A huge thank you to Daan, Pascal and Nick for organising yet another excellent gathering, and a massive applause to everyone who showcased their work.

-Team GenesisVR-

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VR Therapy - New-age medicine

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VR Therapy - New-age medicine

With the growing excitement and attention for VR today, an attentive public are on the verge of  something truly remarkable. Although media focus is on VR gaming, opportunities are presenting themselves elsewhere demonstrating the spectacular nature of VR.

An area of great intrigue for us at GenesisVR is therapeutic VR treatment. Our own Project Serenity VR aims to create fully-immersive relaxation experiences that users can enjoy as part of a well-being spa treatment or even at home alone time. Indeed, the very notion of VR therapy has far-reaching benefits beyond what we could possibly imagine, and isn’t something that should be snubbed as mere fantasy.

Virtual Reality Immersion Therapy (VRIT) is being used to treat patients suffering with anxiety disorders, phobias, and even acting as one of the primary treatments in post-traumatic stress disorder cases*. From a fear of flying to speaking in public, to agoraphobia to claustrophobia, practitioners can adapt the virtual environments to degree of the patient’s disorder, slowly building up their tolerance through a series of triggers and exposures. VRIT can provide the patient with vivid experiences without any of the associated risks of real-world treatment. Taking a more relaxed approach in which the least distressing stimuli are introduced first**, the treatment can take place under controlled settings without any irregularities or hazardous variables.

So imagine being able to cure a life-long fear of spiders from the comfort of your own home, or helping yourself through difficult time after a traumatic incident at your own pace. Or what about finally doing something about your ongoing and reoccurring stress? 

The possibilities are literally as endless as your imagination. VR is so much more than just gaming - it offers a new-age cure to so many of our most historical and persistent quandaries. 

Team GenesisVR

References

*http://discovermagazine.com/2008/oct/17-curing-the-wounds-of-iraq-with-virtual-therapy
**http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/anxiety/exposure-therapy-anxiety-disorders#sthash.eT8Klkl5.dpuf

 

 

 

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GenesisVR presents Project Serenity VR

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GenesisVR presents Project Serenity VR

We live busy lives, in hectic environments, therefore escapism plays a large role in ensuring balance. We watch movies, play video games, have a few drinks, usually within the limits of convenience. Personally i think that's fine, but i'd like to experience other things, see beautiful new places, but with a busy work week and ever multiplying social commitments, it's hard to plan. Some places might even be too difficult to reach, either financially or physically, and in a world where we've become so accustomed to instant gratification, those experiences might never become a reality.

Project Serenity currently involves:

  • Developing a mobile app to enable members to experience different relaxing surreal environments combining real-life nature with fantasy to create a seemingly alternate parallel universe where only beauty and harmony exists.
  • Creating custom VR environments for spas and relaxation centres to enable their clients to totally engage their minds through the VR headset while the spa's facilities engage their bodies.
  • Setting up VR relaxation spaces within corporate offices to give staff a break from their work in order to help increase productivity through peace of mind. 

We invite you to connect on Facebook and we'll keep you posted on our developments.

Team Genesis VR

 

 

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