Ever wondered if your brain
works differently in virtual reality?
In virtual reality, we explore three-dimensional, computer-generated environments. When we enter these environments, we become a part of these virtual worlds. It feels like we’ve arrived somewhere. We call this sensation "immersion". This sensory experience is the quintessential difference between virtual reality and other forms of multimedia. Rather than simply watching media on a screen, we experience virtual reality. We live it.
We know immersion has an effect, but how do we measure it?
LvlUp, a free-to-play virtual reality brain game, developed by South African developers TeamEpic.org and New Reality, measures how we interact with, and respond to, a number of cognitive tests in VR. In the current iteration, LvlUp assesses memory, concentration, and logical problem-solving abilities. Baseline tests using traditional 2D brain games are compared against attempts at VR reproductions of those same games. Side-by-side results of each test are then displayed in a simple dashboard on the home environment.
For example, let's see how we perform on a short (traditionally 2D) memory test. Then, take that same test in an immersive VR environment. What about concentration? Think you’d do better in an explosive version of VR Pong than in a flat 2D version of the same game?