Experience REY

Personal Project Free time work
Tools Unity, Visual Studio Code, Oculus, Steam VR
Duration 5 weeks

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How might we

Create empathy for people with visual impairments among sighted?

A key insight from my master thesis project REY was the lacking empathy among sighted for people with vision problems that oftten leads to misunderstandings.

Solution

Virtual reality simulation

The VR simulation let's players go through everyday situations with different most common eye concitions. Players do not only learn about the diversity of eye conditions, but also experience them for themselves. During the experience they will recieve conetextual text information, descriptions and and 3D sounds from REY in order to make more sense of their environment, find their way and localize objects in their surrounding.

Development


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Simulation

Developing the experience helped to refine the interaction with REY.


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It is important to note that any simuation will not depict a true person's experience, since it can never showcase their personal coping strategies, which they have developed over time. From my personal research (project REY) I know how a 3 hours "dinner in the dark" experience helped to change my perception of blindness. This is why I feel that simulations have an important role in creating empathy.