The pharmaceutical corporation Merck commissioned the MS Symptom Simulator, an educational app that would educate the user about the disease.
We created an experience in which the friendly robot Holly takes the user on a journey into the mind of someone with MS. It increased awareness, empathy and the knowledge of MS and its everyday impact on people living with it.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. The damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, which results in a number of signs and symptoms which includes physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, trouble with sensation, or trouble with coordination. MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms) In 2015, about 2.3 million people were affected globally. That year about 18,900 people died from MS, up from 12,000 in 1990. The disease usually begins between the ages of 20 and 50 and is twice as common in women as in men. Learn more MS here and here
If you want to know more about the work Vobling has done relating to VR and health, our projects Cognition Simulator, Happy Place, Experience Lasik and Pinch may be of interest.