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Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

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Using a virtual reality headset.

Rsearchers at the University of Texas as San Antonio have built a software tool kit that allows developers to use proven techniques and innovative solutions to battle cybersickness in extended reality environments.

Credit: UTSA Today

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have developed the first open-source Unity software toolkit that developers can use to incorporate techniques to reduce cybersickness (virtual reality/VR motion sickness) into extended reality environments.

The GingerVR toolkit can be applied to any Unity application.

Said UTSA's John Quarles, "Cybersickness is a threat to the overall user acceptance of VR, which has a potentially huge impact on the VR industry. The negative symptoms experienced by a user can decrease human performance, limit learning, and hinder decision making."

Research indicates more than half of VR users experience motion-sickness symptoms with a wide range of severity.

GingerVR incorporates eight cybersickness reduction techniques with tutorials to help with integration.

From UTSA Toay
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