After 48 hours in a virtual reality helmet, including participation in real-world activities, no one thought the experiment would end without casualties. As VRs entered our lives, we were exposed to a new way of experiencing movies and games and sharing all the VRs, from the Okulos Ript to the Chinese VR glasses, do not use accessories for long periods of time. Okulos, for example, recommends every half-hour to rest for a quarter of an hour and the HTC guys recommend taking regular breaks in between. What brought two VR enthusiasts, familiar with all these warnings, to be connected for 48 hours? The two amateurs, Dean Johnson, Bandwidth’s innovation head, and Sarah Jones of Coventry University, wore VR helmets for two consecutive days. They did not limit themselves to the comfort of the house and the living room, but also left the house to walk, eat, run and renew the tattoo, all with a VR helmet. Among the regular VR activities of games and movies they have also incorporated a number of extreme activities. One of them is karting. In order to compete with the VR, they used the front camera of the Samsung Gear VR, which turned out to be quite a challenge as the vibration of the engine prevented the camera from displaying a sharp image. The experimenters say that the experience, despite the technical challenge, was good and challenging because they used their instincts.
While Dean resumed his tattoo, he tested his heart rate in real world conditions and within VR with the Apple Watch. Outside the VR, when he saw the process clearly, his heart rate reached 103 beats per minute. Then he went back to using the VR and his heart fell to 74 beats per minute. Apparently, the experience through a screen rather than through direct observation gave him the feeling of a film, as if it did not really happen to him. Another interesting activity is flying on a 75-year-old plane when they are connected to wings. The speed of the plane has reached 240 km / h, and at this speed the temperature is also falling significantly. Not only were they tied with straps and nets, they were asked to hold the Gear VR sets to keep them in place. Unfortunately, John’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4 decided to make an update during the flight. Dean removed the device and watched the flight through the lens of the helmet instead of through the device. Sarah did not encounter any problems of this kind and she finished the flight with the full recording.
The side effects of this endurance test were fatigue, although normal fatigue was not distinguished and fatigue from using VR. Sara’s forehead hurt and there were marks on Sara’s cheeks. The bridge of Dean’s nose was bruised and the sight from Dean’s close range was more blurred than before the experiment. The most surprising result is that they survived.