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Use VR to Expand the Capabilities of Your Lab

The immersive technology of virtual reality (VR) literally offers whole new worlds to explore. Combining VR/Immersive Solutions with Physiology Data allows researchers to create virtual worlds that are impossible or prohibitively expensive in the real world. Additionally, researchers can synchronize VR events with physiological response data to record and analyze physiological, behavioral, and subjective response data. Multimodal stimulation can deliver visual (3D), auditory, olfactory, haptic, and/or electric stimulus to add an incredible degree of realism to the immersive world!

Interfacing a VR workstation with a data acquisition system can add a new dimension to your research by combining objective measures with a tightly controlled experimental protocol. Immersive environments can take the subject anywhere and allow you to unlock the boundaries of your physical lab space and budget.

  • Create rich 3D environments that are 100% personalized to match your protocol.
  • Send physiological data back to the VR world to make decisions based on the participant’s physiological responses

Participants can move around naturally within the virtual world while their physiological data is captured. Record any combination of signals: ECG, EDA, EEG, EOG, EMG, EGG, temperature, respiration, and pulse. Include eye tracking to track subjects’ gaze as they view the immersive environment during the experiment. Close synchronization between the stimuli and the physiological signals is achieved through digital markers.

Monitor data in real time and use detailed signal analysis for post-acquisition scoring of the data. Automated analysis routines can streamline the analysis process, eliminate subjectivity, and save time—see AcqKnowledge for some powerful options.

VR software provides you with an unlimited degree of flexibility to create a specific world and control people and items within the world. VR software is easy to use and adaptable, so researchers can make subtle changes to an experiment without having to redesign the entire protocol.

Immerse your subjects in a BIOPAC VR world and record physiological data as the virtual environment influences the subject. Applications are varied and include Psychology, Biomechanics & Kinesiology, Ergonomics, Marketing/Consumer Research, Healthcare, Computer Modeling/Simulation, Education, Training: hazard, medical, etc.,

Use a feedback loop for greater control and automation of the VR world. This allows the world to change in real time, based on the participant’s responses. Timing events are recorded for tight synchronization with physiological data for meaningful analysis.

See VR Resources here for more examples of how VR can expand the capabilities of your lab!

BIOPAC offers a wide array of wired and wireless equipment that can be used in your research. To find more information on solutions for recording and analyzing signals such as ECG, heart rate, respiration, and more using any platforms mentioned in this blog post, you can visit the individual application pages on the BIOPAC website.

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