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Systems and Methods for Adaptive Mitigation of Motion Sickness

The U. S. Army Research Laboratory is interested in partners to license and manufacture a device to reduce or prevent motion sickness in operators viewing display devices inside moving vehicles.

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Schematic diagram of an operator viewing a display device of a system for suppressing motion sickness
Schematic diagram of an operator viewing a display device of a system for suppressing motion sickness
The Technology: 

Motion sickness is provoked by sensory conflict between visual and sensory-motor activities that involve the vestibular system through head movements. Although some individuals eventually adapt to situations that initially provoke such sickness, others do not. Motion sickness can cause pallor, drowsiness, salivation, sweating, nausea and, in more severe cases, vomiting. Eventually, motion sickness builds with time to the incapacitating level and impacted individuals cannot perform until the symptoms subside.

The U.S. Army Research Lab developed and patented a system that includes a display device for compensating for motion sickness and a display controller for automatically adjusting the display to the motion sickness state of the person. Measurements of the speed and direction of the vehicle are delivered in real time by analyzing the images themselves, the speed of the vehicle, and pulling data from control signals for the vehicle or camera. Sensors can also be mounted on the display device, directly on the vehicle or in a wearable headset.

Benefits: 

-Improved Performance: Passengers can travel without needing to take medication
-Reduce VR Sickness: System is expandable to a headset display environment.
-Adjustable: Image compensation can be tuned depending on the severity of the riding motion

The Opportunity: 

-US Patent 8,708,884 is available for license.
-Potential for collaboration with Army’s world class group of scientists

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