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AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

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A study has shown that the new virtual reality system developed by a U.K. start-up can reduce virtual reality-induced nausea.

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Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality (VR).

Three-dimensional videos used in VR headsets are filmed from a static point, and most VR systems use three degrees of movement but fail to account for translational movement of the head, which can cause nausea.

Kagenova's software uses artificial intelligence to morph VR images slightly in order to add movement from one spot to another, creating six degrees of freedom.

Scientists at the Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) compared a standard VR setup with one using Kagenova's software, and participants reported 33% less nausea with the latter.

RHUL's Elisa Ferrè thinks this effect would be even more pronounced in scenarios incorporating more movement.

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