VR Application – Using External Sources

Something other VR therapy softwares such as VirtuCare and SolisVR tend to have is a way of interacting with the external world. SolisVR uses tablets, and VirtuCare comes with flashcards. This can be extended by allowing video and audio input to be uploaded into the application.

This can come in the form of a live feed from the front-facing camera transmitting an image into a more understandable construct (for instance, green-screening family members into a former living room) or in the form of pre-uploaded videos displayed either in a similar manner or on a television screen. Audio can be overlayed onto scenery and played from a specific direction so that it sounds like the person is speaking to them as they walk around, played with subtitles, or simply shown alongside video and pictures.  

An example of how this might be presented is shown below.

The screen is curved to mimic that of VR – note that the person would not end up being inside a black box with a screen in front of them, but the scenery around them would be a 360 view. If possible, recording specific 360 degree areas and uploading them into the application would make therapy easier.

The top UI remains standard with the previous post, though the options menu will have additional options for this setting: the ability to change scene, upload new videos, switch recording type and the like. A way to manually subtitle videos would also be coded in.

Something more like this, with a more professional look and some transparency over whatever was behind it, is what the Options screen should end up looking like, then.

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