Virtual and Augmented Reality Safety Risks
Posted 05/08/2017

Virtual and Augmented Reality Safety Risks

From transit to quality of life, society comes to rely more on technology. However, there still is an expectation that safety is the first and last word. In the case of Virtual and Augmented Reality, this should be of the utmost importance.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is an audial-visual experience, accomplished by using a headset enhanced with earphones and a goggle display.

Augmented Reality (AR) is a visual enhancement of your surroundings, with the help of eyewear (i.e. reading glasses), or your mobile device’s camera lens.

The Imagined vs. Real-World Consequences

Side effects attributed to Virtual and Augmented Reality product use can include:

• Seizures• Dizziness
• Loss of awareness• Falling
• Eye strain• Altered, blurred, or double vision
• Involuntary movements• Head trauma
• Tripping• Hearing damage

Taking Precautions Means Safety First

Some companies have disclaimers on their products warning users of these side effects. However, the technology should already be completely safe without the risk of personal injury if companies are releasing it for public use.

Imagine you are trying out a Virtual Reality headset at the store. After a couple of minutes, the device prompts you to start walking forward. You take a step and run straight into an unseen wall and bump your head hard. A trip to the hospital later that day confirms you have suffered a minor concussion.

A device that puts you in harm’s way can make the producing company liable for damages. The store that allowed you to try on the headset can also be held liable if there was a lack of safety measures taken.

We Can Help

If you or your loved one begins exhibiting any of the listed symptoms following the use of Virtual or Augmented Reality devices, seek medical attention immediately. An unforeseen personal injury with new technology can be a scary experience. Don’t doubt, reach out to Bergener Mirejovsky. Our skilled accident attorneys have the resources and know-how to give you confidence in your recovery. Call us today at 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation any hour of the day.