My head hurts. Oooh, a nice view. Hang on, my head feels a bit better. It’s widely accepted that distracting the mind can bring relief from minor pain or discomfort. Working on that principle, Apotek Hjärtat, the Swedish pharmacy chain, has worked with the developer Mimerse to create Happy Place – a soothing virtual reality environment.
So, if you’re suffering a little, maybe feeling a bit crampy or a bit achy, then simply let your eyes wander over Happy Place’s virtual landscape. Eye-tracking technology follows the movements of the eye and if your gaze lingers over a particular object, then more will be revealed. Or you can simply enjoy the view. There. We feel better already. Happy Place is available from Apotek Hjärtat pharmacies and free from the Oculus store.