18 Nov Cybersickness: What You Can Do About It
Cybersickness, the horrible feeling of motion sickness after using VR devices, can really damper the consumer experience or even drive us away. Below are a few suggestions to help alleviate or minimize the feeling.
Limit your field of view (FOV) while using VR.
Field of view is the degree our human eye can see before us and with eye movement. All VR headset attempt to find that ‘sweet spot’ of FOV, hardware design and ergonomics. Currently HTC Vive is considered to have the best FOV, but it also has a built in dial allowing adjustment between the your eye and the lenses. This simple adjustment could make all the difference.
Gradually increase your exposure time to VR
As with the term “get your sea legs”, gradually increasing your exposure to VR can help your brain and senses adapt to the changes experienced during VR.
Easy but shown to be effective. The repetitive motion of chewing helps relieve motion sickness symptoms. It also combats acid reflux and improves digestion, 2 important components when minimizing nausea. Peppermint, mint and even specifically medicated gums are reported to be most helpful.
Slow deep breathing will help prevent lightheadedness and decrease your heart rate.
Tradition motion sickness treatments
Wear anti-seasickness wrist band
Ginger chews, popular but not scientifically supported
Dramamine, meclizine, cyclizine
Prescription scopolamine patch