Alzheimer’s-Detecting VR Game

VR game Sea Hero Quest—developed by game studio Glitchers, Deutsche Telekom (a German telecommunications company) and several European universities—is capable of identifying the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease in players. The game takes players on an ocean voyage, during which they are tasked with controlling the ship and navigating a specific route—first with a map, and then without. Apparently, “every two minutes spent playing the game is equal to five hours of lab-based research” and since the game has been downloaded around three million times, researchers have acquired the equivalent of around 1,700 years of research into the devastating disease. Developers and researchers hope that the data collected will offer the medical field vital information in order to provide treatment to those in need—before their illness worsens.