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Project TitleReducing Virtual Reality-Induced Motion Sickness
Track Code13-499
Short Description
Tagsvirtual reality, motion sickness, head mount display, sensor, field of view
Posted DateAug 7, 2017 3:35 PM

Market Opportunity

The virtual reality market is expected to be worth $48.5 billion by 2025 as a result of a compound annual growth rate of 46.7%. Head mount display (HDM) technologies are required when using virtual reality. Most virtual environments are considered to induce motion sickness. To mitigate these effects companies restrict, expand, or blur regions of the visible area of the virtual environment being viewed in the HMD. These manipulations can negatively affect the aesthetic qualities of the virtual scene or impact the user’s experience, performance, and behavior.

USC Solution

USC researchers have developed a technology designed to reduce virtual reality induced motion sickness. The HMD is connected to a sensor which monitors the user’s physiological state. Upon detecting simulator sickness, the field of view is throttled. The field of view may also be throttled to provide a better user experience even if the user does not experience sickness.

Value Proposition

  • Mitigates motion sickness
  • Does not negatively affect visual experience
  • Proactively monitors the user


  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Head mounted display

Stage of Development

  • Experimentally validated
  • Available for exclusive and non-exclusive license

Intellectual Property


Utility patent granted

US 9,645,395

Contact Information

Taylor Phillips, Licensing Associate

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

(213) 821-0943



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