Virtual Reality (VR) is taking 2016 by storm, and the construction industry is no exception. VR is being implemented by construction companies in many exciting ways, including an immersion tool for site models. Although there are countless benefits to this new technology, there are some risks associated with its use.
A potential side effect of VR is “cybersickness”. Marty Banks, a professor of optometry explains in a recent interview, that “[the] distance you need to converge your eyes to and the distance you need to focus your eyes to are the same distance. The brain has couples these two responses together.” When exposed to VR, users’ eyes experience a conflict of these two responses which can lead to nausea, eye strain, and headaches.
Hard Hat Hunter’s Communications Director, Samantha Dyck, had the opportunity to try one out. “It’s such an amazing experience, being completely immersed into another reality. But taking it off does leave you a bit disoriented. It can take a while for your brain to catch up with what your eyes are seeing.”
Real World Dangers
Potentially, the biggest hazard associated with VR is the most obvious: you can’t see your own surroundings. To immerse yourself into a virtual reality, your eyes are obscured from the headset. Visually removed from the real world, you are at a real risk of its potential dangers. Using VR, you are potentially more susceptible to tripping or falling which could lead to injury.