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Motion sickness cure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031308D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Prevention of Motion sickness and Jittering Pictures

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Motion sickness cure

People often get motion sickness in aireoplanes, cars, coaches and other forms of transport.

This is often caused by people being unable to see a frame of reference for their own motion verses that of the vechicle. So they experience movement without being able to see the outside world.

On boats people frequently feel better if they watch the horizon - or in cars the road ahead - allowing the brain to account for the movement of the body.

Often it isn't possible to see one of these frames of reference - as in planes where there are no windows at the front or at night.

The invention is to display a scene to the user on a computer, laptop or pda which matches approximately the form of travel - giving the users an impression of the world outside.

The device would be able to detect changes in motion - and change the display appropriately to give the users brain an appropriate picture to focus on to match the movement of the vechicle.

This could prevent travel sickness - just by watching a scene on a laptop! Extensions include being able to receive information from (for example) the planes equipment to display the picture more accurately.

Additionally (this could almost be a different patent) users have problems reading in cars - giving the same motion sicknesss problems. Reading a laptop will have similar problems. The image keeps jumping about with bumps on the journey which makes it difficult to read.

A laptop could detect the motion of the car...