Virtual reality software induces motion sickness



Guy Campos

Virtual reality software makes some people feel ill for up to eight hours after use, according to the latest research.

The...



Guy Campos

Virtual reality software makes some people feel ill for up to eight hours after use, according to the latest research.

The Health & Safety Executive is warning employers that the worst cases of nausea are felt by people with a history of migraine headaches.

Researchers at Notting-ham University tested the effects of a virtual reality health and safety training course on 221 people. When the experimental subjects were visually immersed in a virtual factory full of health hazards, as many as 70% reported some motion sickness.

In most cases this was mild and passed within 10 minutes of exposure to the virtual experience. However, on average, 7% of the participants had to drop out of the experiment within the first 20 minutes of the hour-long session. Those who suffered most were people who were already prone to migraines, travel sickness and distrust of virtual reality technology.

Head-mounted displays were found to produce the most drop-outs at 12%.

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