A Guided Breathing Meditation
In this experience, we combined calming piano music with an expansive vista and a guided audio meditation track. We aimed to create a lifelike breath experience my modeling out the thermal flow of air in a hot environment. We took this flow field, create a vector field of forces and created a particle effect to mimic breath moving out and dissipating into the environment.
Thank you Chloe Goode for the audio meditation and this YouTube artist for music.
Virtual Reality Mantra Metta Loving Kindness Meditation
An exploration of creating a positive emotional feedback loop when a user speaks certain phrases, in this case, phrases related to universal empathy and compassion. We aimed to answer the question, can we use visual feedback to reinforce and strengthen a mantra experience?
Flying, Breath Visualization, Interactive Sound
We found that an ethereal particle field was a fun way to engage someone in a breathing or humming meditation experience. We placed a particle effect at the user's mouth and moved vector fields through a particle field leading to an interesting, mystical sort of experience. Many people found they could sit in this experience for a longer than most VR experiences. We also explored the idea of a soothing, dream-like flying experience where the user navigates using their gaze and gently flies over a large landscape.
Soothing Movement Meditation
This video was oriented towards a moving sound meditation inspired by yoga, chi gong and dance. Particle effects emanated from a users hands while a soothing song was playing. The particle effects changed in size in relation to the frequency spectrum of the music creating an engaging yet calming movement experience.
HRV, Respiration & Virtual Reality
We integrated a BIOPAC EKG sensor into VR to explore what it would look like to see your heart rate in the environment. I mapped heart rate data to color scheme as one example. Additionally, we tested out the sensor pipeline for getting chest strap respiration data in and calibrated as well as built a custom HRV calculation utilizing some peak detection algorithms.
I found that it was interesting to see heart rate in the environment and this is an ongoing exploration in other more recent projects to figure out what works best.
Pulse Detection and Heart Rate Variability Calculations
A technical exploration into acquiring heart rate data, finding peaks and calculating heart rate variability.
Transformative Technology Conference 2016
I was invited to speak at the Transformative Tech Conference in 2016 to share about our work.