This Friday March 4 2016, Ideeenlab (Baltesakker, Eindhoven North) launched its first “Ideeenlab Friday Makeathon”, or IFM #01. The first challenge was to build a virtual reality application that makes the user experience epilepsy!

 

The lab

This Friday was an important day for Ideeenlab, as it launched the very first edition of the “Ideeenlab Fridays Makeathon” (IFM). Ideeenlab is a workshop where everyone can come and try using new technologies such as virtual reality, 3D printing, electronic prototyping, web apps design, etc. Although visiting the lab is possible on Thursdays evening, the true learning occurs during free workshop events open to the public (makeathons).

A Friday Makeathon starts at 10:00 and finishes at 17:00. The challenge to overcome is known in advance and the participants gather to build together a concrete solution.

The first challenge

During this first IFM, the challenge was proposed by Frederike, founder of Interu_psy. Interu_psy is a foundation whose goal is to raise awareness and understanding of what epilepsy is, and how it feels to live with it. For that, they developed a Virtual Reality game, where the player can experience in an artificial virtual world what a crisis of epilepsy feels like.

This Friday, we wanted to go one step further by immersing the player in a more realistic world, based on 360° footages with sound. We started by making a plan of all actions that needed to be done. Then everyone choose which actions he/she would to work on. This involved making the footage, editing the video and the audio, adding some audiovisual effects, and combining the results into an app that can be installed on a smartphone and played via “google cardboard” goggles.

Epilogue

It was really exciting to learn so much from each other and the time flew in a blink. But finally, at 17:15, we had a fully working prototype! A 30-seconds audiovisual experience that makes you feel what epilepsy can be like! Frederike was very happy with the result, that will be publicly presented next week.