Welcome to another episode of Enter VR. On today’s show I speak with James Blaha and Manish Gupta from Apollo VR. Manish and James are working on a virtual reality game that could potentially eradicate Amblyopia (lazy eye) and Strabismus (crossed eye) forever.
Here is a preview of some of the things we talked about:
40: The story of how Diplopia came about. Discovering the Rift and seeing 3D for the first time.
1:44 How Manish and James paired up to form Apollo VR.
2:44 The current stage in development. Diplopia updates.
3:20 How does Diplopia work? What makes it possible for VR to potentially treat lazy eye?
6:00 How did they figure out their methodology would work?
7:14 The most common methods to treat lazy eye today.
8:30 What does it feel like to have a lazy eye?
9:30 What is it like to grow up with lazy eye?
11:14 The psychological impacts of having an eye condition.
14:04 The causes and roots of different eye conditions.
15:02 The percentage of the population that has vision problems and how this can pose an obstacle to the adoption of virtual reality.
20:10 How can VR companies/developers get around the issue of people who cannot see in 3D. How to make vr more accessible.
23:48 The biggest challenges facing the team.
25:11 The response from Optometrist and vision therapists.
27:05 Age ranges for people trying out the Diplopia software.
29:00 How to raise funding for an idea like theirs.
32:32 Would you drink your own milk?
33:15 Would you drink lab grown milk made from human DNA?
36:43 What would you do with your time if there were no electricity for 1 year?
42:00 How long it will take for humans to be able to manipulate the planet’s weather.
43:34 It is easier than ever to genetically modify things at home.
46:00 Google’s project to keep you living forever.
47:42 Genetically engineering a super virus in your garage.
50:00 What is the allure of VR?
51:50 What components are needed to cross the uncanny valley.
53:42 What are the most far fetched predictions for what VR will do to our culture.
58:51 Is VR a way to escape reality or will it enhance the way we perceive reality?
1:00:45 What will be the most important thing to happen to humanity in this century? Technology and its unpredictability in the future.
1:02:00 Does thinking about the future scare you or excite you?
1:02:50 Can VR be used to augment humans?
1:04:00 How will people react to the rise of cyborgs or lab grown humans?
1:07:50 Closing thoughts and how to stay touch.
Thanks again to my guests for being true scholars
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