The ability to convincingly immerse a viewer in an alternate reality remains the cornerstone of VR technology and the foundation of this collaborative project. We are exploring how distraction through gamified exploration of virtual worlds affects the perception of acute pain experienced by hospital patients.
In collaboration with medical experts at the St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, the 3DVAL team are developing applications that run on the low-cost and ultra-portable Samsung GearVR headsets as a novel approach to pain management.
The project investigates the role of aesthetics and design principles (such as colour and interactivity) in boosting the psycho-physiological defences against the perception of pain.
A/Prof Steven Faux, St Vincent’s Hospital
Dr Christine Shiner, St Vincent’s Hospital
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