How Wide is Your Perspective?

Being open-minded is not always easy.

Think back to a time when a colleague or friend reminded you ‘C’mon, widen your perspective! Or remember a time when in a debate, you strategically decided to change your point of view.  Often, when we struggle to get a handle on a difficult issue we resort to the language of “situational awareness.”  Consider the oft misquoted Einstein statement, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” In our new age of VR and Pokeman-Go excursions, these expressions are beginning to take on new meaning.

In the last week, the RotoLab team learned that when given the chance to explore a developing architectural design wearing a VR (Hive) headset, an individual who is “legally blind with tunnel vision” experienced an expansion of spatial or situational awareness and that by using VR, a young man living as a parapalegic could learn to stimulate muscles used for walking!  Even for those of us with so-called “normal” vision, paying attention to and walking around in our spatial surroundings often defaults into autonomic behavior like when we take the same route to work or home without really paying attention to any landscape details.  The eminent neuroscientist VS Ramachandran calls this “Zombie Brain” — even when we are not paying close attention to walking or driving, our spatial navigation networks aka “where” networks function to deliver us home safely.

Spatial navigation or situational awareness extends beyond tracking your way home. As we continue to find in offering “virginal” VR experiences who visit our studio, waking up to being immersed within a 360 expanse accentuates the power of being situationally aware.  Flight navigators know this so do astronauts, dancers and architects who design from the “inside out.”

In days to come, we will continue to share our spatial design and VR tracking stories, but for now, we’re interested in learning more about yours.

Ps If you comment — we will respond!

Sources Cited:

VR and Paraplegics  http://qz.com/757516/paraplegics-are-learning-to-walk-again-with-virtual-reality/

Zombie Brain VS Ramachandran, Phantoms in the Brain,  published by William Morrow 1998.

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