Programs are looking for their students to keep their skills up while keeping social distancing in a classroom or in high-fidelity simulation scenarios. Immersive Virtual Reality simulation is especially valuable in that context. The recent event has brought up some concerns about how to safely train using VR equipment, and more specifically, how to disinfect your VR headset.
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Oculus, the company manufacturing the Oculus Rift S and the Quest, encourages users to refer to their Health and Safety guidelines and the CDC guidance for general directions on cleaning and disinfecting. We recommend the following steps:
Yes, our service includes a sanitizing step prior to shipping out the hardware. Anything inside the cardboard box you receive has been cleaned and sanitized.Do you recommend any specific products for safe use?Based on what is currently known, we believe taking the above measures will be sufficient. If you are curious about further steps you can take to mitigate risk, here are three additional things you can try:
Disposable covers such as these are perfect for keeping your virtual reality headset clean and protected for everyone who use it. Each mask is single-use. It is fitted over the ears and across the eyes before placing a virtual reality headset on and ensures that everyone gets a fresh VR experience every time, plus they’re pretty affordable. Here is one example (click here)
A company named CleanBox has a solution that disinfects and dries VR headsets, one at a time. This is the most costly of these extra options, but we wanted you to be aware of it as you assess solutions for your hygiene plan.
These are just a few observations and it is important that you define with your team what protocols you might need to put in place to clean your VR equipment or what measures may need to be added to keep staff and students safe.
If you have any questions on keeping your headsets cleaned and sanitized, please do not hesitate to contact us: email@example.com