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VR Suite

 

The team prides itself on staying at both the cutting edge of science and medicine. One of the most promising upcoming fields is virtual reality. Through virtual and augmented reality we can design better experiences, foster greater engagement, and help gamify otherwise boring tasks.  With this in mind, the idea for a VR Suite was born.  When users open the app they find themselves in a pleasant office lobby. Several doors are along the walls that allow the users to enter and exit different health and wellness experiences. Continue reading to find out more on each experience!

 

Meditation and Breathing

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Purpose: This experience is designed to transport users to a calming environment and guide them through a customizable breathing exercise. This helps alleviate anxiety and can also be used when a user does not have access to a quiet, isolated location.

Description: Users can travel between 7 different locations: a sandy beach, a sea floor, a rocky mountains, a cozy log cabin, a pine forest, a pond meadow, and a cloud kingdom.  These environments can be populated with animals and birds as well as be changed to reflect different times of day. Once settled in their environment, users can choose a breathing technique, or create their own unique combo, that will trigger a corresponding animation. The length of the breathing exercise can be adjusted to the users desires. An optional progressive muscle relaxation meditation is also available.

 

Yoga Class

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Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has increasingly impacted individual's access to exercise activities like the gym.  This experience brings a yoga class directly to your own room! 

Description: Users are transported into a quaint, modern yoga studio with a window that has calming views. To create a class, users can select a premade option, manually add poses to a list, or adjust filter settings (balance, flexibility, difficulty level, time pose is held, number of exercises, etc). The virtual yoga avatar, which is available in different skin tones and shirt colors, will demonstrate the pose so the user can easily follow along.  An auditory ding will play after the hold time is reached to signal returning to center before the next pose begins. There is also a verbal description displayed next to the avatar for further clarification of each pose.

 

Corn Hole

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Purpose: Unable to go outside due to weather, disability, or something else? This multiplayer experience aims to foster friendship through a typical game of corn hole.

Description: Using official corn hole rules, players alternate tossing beanbags back and forth between two wooden boards with a hole in them.  One point is scored for a beanbag on the board, and three points for a beanbag that falls through the hole. A giant scoreboard updates player's points using cancelation scoring.  Games are played to 21 points.