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Diplopia, the 3D Game that Restores Failing 3D Vision

Whether you have amblyopia or not, Diplopia is a game that is fun and challenging to play for everyone.

Virtual Reality helmet Oculus Rift developer James Blaha has taken to crowd-funding site IndieGoGo to raise funds for his VR project Diplopia. The campaign ended on January 12, 2014 with great success, gathering 10 times its original funding goal. Watch the two video demos here under.

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Diplopia takes advantage of the wealth of new information in scientific studies that have come out in the past couple of years to create an experience that will hopefully help people who have a suppressed eye to use that eye in conjunction with their good one.

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You need an Oculus Rift or Nvidia 3D Vision to enjoy Diplopia in Stereoscopic 3D.

It’s similar to Breakout in that it sees players smash bricks with a ball. You’ll notice in the picture above that the bricks on one side are white, while the other set is black. This contrast forces the player to use both eyes in tandem to focus on the action, and is said to go some way towards alleviating cross-eye.

Strabismus and Amblyopia

Strabismus, better known as crossed eye, is present in about 4% of children. In those affected both eyes do not line up properly causing diplopia (double vision), amblyopia (lazy eye), and loss of vision in one or both eyes. Since the brain receives conflicting information from the two eyes it often learns to disregard the weaker of the two, suppressing it.

This leads to bad stereoscopic 3D vision and a loss of depth perception. It was long thought that once a person's brain had learned to suppress one of their eyes that they could only unlearn this suppression before a "critical age" of between 8 and 12 years old. Only recently has it been shown that certain kinds of therapies (including video games) can actually treat amblyopia past adolescence, allowing for the possibility of restoring 3D vision in adults.

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James Blaha (Lansing, MI, USA) is on Twitter and on Facebook.

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