25 Feb TechCrunch
On TechCrunch, pharmaceutical and biotechnology professional Alex Senson recently took a detailed look at mental health and the virtual reality companies tackling it. In the article, Alex recounts his initial introduction to Guided Meditation VR at the 2015 We Are Wearables VR event in Toronto:
Perhaps the most well-known relaxation app is Guided Meditation VR, created by Cubicle Ninjas. This app offers four relaxing immersive environments to enjoy during a guided meditation session.
Among a densely packed crowd of hundreds of people eating pizza and drinking beer, I sat down, put on an Oculus and headphones and tried the Costa Del Sol beach vacation VR experience. The environment was visually appealing and relaxing…
The most shocking part came when I removed the headset and discovered that I had forgotten I was surrounded by hundreds of people at the packed and noisy conference! …(Guided Meditation VR) has the ability to have significant positive impact on people’s lives.
In one example, Josh (Farkas) and his team attended a military conference where they shared their work with active duty officers who generally struggle with a very high rate of suicide caused by mental trauma and stress. A veteran of the Vietnam War and another soldier who had been deployed in Iraq both broke down crying while trying the demo, stating they hadn’t felt that relaxed in years. They were extremely excited at the notion that experiences like these could help others, especially those on active duty.
In another example, a young man who was wheelchair-bound because of a serious neurological condition tried the experience on the Oculus Rift. He reacted by moving around a bit. Unsure of what this meant, Josh asked the mother, who said, “He wants to give you a hug.”
The Guided Meditation VR team is now working to improve the experiences to be as accessible as possible for those with limited mobility. As VR and apps like this become mainstream, we likely will uncover additional groups of people who can feel profoundly better through experiencing something as simple as a virtual Zen garden.
We graciously thank Alex and TechCrunch for this insight! You can read Alex’s full article here.