The inaugural product of The Other Realm LLC is called ‘Other Eye’. Initially the intent is to use the virtual reality technology in smartphones to test and train ophthalmology patients, and possibly drivers in training, who have visual deficits (spatial, temporal, color, ex.). There are countless cases where new car drivers or drivers who have a deficit in their vision, get in accidents because they were unable to detect, process and act upon visual events in time. The current equipment used in many eye doctors’ clinics for detection of peripheral deficits are decades old, standalone machines. These machines are costly and usually require the patient to come in to the clinic for treatment. At The Other Realm, we are bringing eye training into the 21st century.
In the proof-of-concept demo app, the user presses a button when a box turns pink. When the user presses the button, the box turns green and the location of the box is recorded. If the user presses the button when there are no pink boxes showing, this is also recorded. In the future, the aim is to have a more realistic and engaging application and to use the frontal camera feature of phones to track eye movement. Audio can also be added to test audio distractions. Data that is gathered on the boxes identified, missed, and their location is then sent to a server where it is saved.
This data that is collected gets visualized in a web interface and is used to modulate the speed, direction and location of the boxes. As the app can be used by anyone with a smartphone and a VR headset, outpatient daily use will be much easier and cost effective. This means there will be many more data points than would be possible with only inpatient therapy. This is a huge leap forward in getting a clear picture of how a learning regime is progressing.