Virtual reality (VR) has the potential to revolutionize the way students learn and play.
By immersing them in a fully-realized digital world, VR can offer a level of engagement and interactivity that traditional forms of entertainment and education can't match. But as with any new technology, there are concerns about safety, especially when it comes to children.
At VRCORE, we take safety seriously. That's why we've developed a set of rules and technologies to ensure that students can enjoy our VR experiences without putting themselves in danger.
One of the biggest concerns with VR is the risk of collisions. In the virtual world, students can move around freely and interact with digital objects and characters. This can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to accidents if kids run or lie down in the virtual space. To prevent this, our technology allows students to see each other in the virtual world, so they can avoid colliding with each other. Additionally, we have rules in place that prohibit students from engaging in these behaviors, under the supervision of our technician.
VRCORE implements a multi-level approach to student safety
Another safety concern is the risk of students walking into real-world obstacles while they're immersed in the virtual world. To prevent this, we use 3D scans of the physical environment to create virtual barriers that stop kids from walking into walls, and other obstacles. This way, kids can move around freely in the virtual world without putting themselves at risk of injury. Another risk in VR is virtual reality sickness, which can occur when there is a disagreement between what the eyes and inner ear are sending to the brain. To virtually erase this risk, we allow children to move freely within the physical space of the gymnasium, which almost entirely removes the disparity between visual and vestibular stimuli.
Of course, no set of rules or technologies can completely eliminate the risk of accidents. That's why we also have a technician on hand to constantly monitor the virtual space and intervene if necessary. This way, we can ensure that students are always safe while they're enjoying our VR experiences.
The four layers of safety:
- Sub-millimeter VR/Real World accuracy
- Rules the students must follow
- VR barriers
- Out of VR technician keeping an eye out
Overall, at VRCORE, we believe that VR has the potential to be an incredible educational and entertaining tool for students. And with our focus on safety, parents and teachers can rest assured that their students are in good hands when they're using our VR experiences.