While there are a number of revolutionary VR applications in the works, one company is taking a unique approach by using the technology for mediation purposes. In short, traditional mindfulness may soon be accessible via a non-traditional medium.
The new project is part of a joint collaboration between health service provider 'Cigna' and retail concept store 'STORY.' The two companies teamed up to create the 'Cigna Virtual Relaxation Pod,' which uses VR technology for meditation purposes. The pod itself delivers a two-minute-long immersive experience that is based on guided meditation practices. Users don an Oculus Rift headset, which transports them to a simulated environment while they listen to the voice of expert meditation facilitators.
With meditation linked to the reduction of stress, the VR pods could serve as a valuable tool for helping consumers relax.