VR Experience Simulates Poor Color Vision

In 2016, Czech VR developer Jan Horský set out with his company iNFINITE Production to use VR as a tool for empathy — to let people see how it would feel to be in the shoes of someone else. Given that one of VR’s strengths is as a visual tool, he decided to focus on vision-related differences in how people see the world. They considered conditions like nearsightedness, but the limited resolution of current VR made that impractical.

But when they tried colorblindness they realized current VR systems could simulate what it is like to live with poor color vision. So they contacted colorblind people, both friends and online, and asked what they thought people should know about the condition, and how this could be portrayed in VR.

Experience: Colorblindness was the result. It’s available for free on the Oculus Rift Store as well as Steam, and Viveport.

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