The company is working on a project Viscira Mindscape: user using virtual reality glasses Oculus Rift sees the world through the eyes of a man with positive symptoms of schizophrenia. The aim of the project - not diagnosis or treatment of disease, and help her understand that family members need a patient, hospital staff, medical students.
- A mental disorder or group of disorders associated with the collapse of the thought processes and emotional reactions. The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into positive and productive, and negative, ie the deficit. By productive include delusions, auditory hallucinations and thought disorder. It is these symptoms simulates Mindscape. Negative include reducing the brightness of emotion, inability to experience pleasure and loss of motivation - while not technically possible to simulate them in virtual reality.
Journalist Selena Larson
described his experience with Mindscape. The software has led her to the elevator, where she rose to the tenth floor in company with several strangers. During the movement of the elevator began to hear whispers of Selena and voices, and people began to look around at her with anger and frustration. Selena said that she knew that this simulation, but it was so similar to the reality that made her feel uncomfortable.
Unlike audio and video
, showing life schizophrenic person, first-person virtual reality glasses reveal their symptoms and achieve greater realism.
Team of designers and developers to work with researchers Viscira, to select a scenario that would reflect the everyday life of people with productive symptoms. The choice fell on an interview for a job, not preceded by a very pleasant trip in a crowded elevator. In the video starring employees Viscira. They also recorded the voices for the audio component of the simulation, it was phrases like, "You failed the interview».
Viscira company began working with virtual reality in 2011. The first development in this area was the simulation of age malyakulyarnoy degeneration: if the macula, the part of the retina is damaged, distorted lines and objects in sight spots appear. Simulation EyeMac allowed ophthalmologists feel the disease.