VR trivia: VR is deceiving your eyes, but it’s actually deceiving your ears

When you experience vertigo on a roller coaster, it’s not that VR can’t fool your eyes, it’s that…

When you experience vertigo on a roller coaster, it’s not that VR can’t fool your eyes, it’s that it can’t fool your ears.


Vertigo is a kind of illusion of motion or position caused by human body’s obstacle to space location. The vestibular system in the ear, which can sense changes in the position of the head, controls the balance of the body. In a VR rollercoaster, the eye tells you that you’re moving at high speed, but because the person in reality isn’t moving, the vestibular system tells you that you’re there.

VR trivia: VR is deceiving your eyes, but it's actually deceiving your ears
VR trivia: VR is deceiving your eyes, but it’s actually deceiving your ears

This kind of spatial information conflict, is the real cause of vertigo. So don’t think it’s just high speed motion that makes you dizzy. It’s just your ears being honest.

In fact, VR vertigo is also related to the refresh rate of the display screen of the VR device, the refresh rate of the VR content and the design of the movement mechanism, and the surrounding environment and other factors. Therefore, in the VR experience store, if the egg chair or platform with vibrating effect is used, coupled with the electric fan blowing directly in front of the VR experience, the body of the VR experience will really think that they are moving at high speed, so they will not be so easily dizzy.

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