One of the strangest things in daily commute is that most of the time you don’t even remember how you got to your destination. While you would think that in such cases your brain is pretty much switched off, in fact it is very busy behind the scenes. As you have a cognitive map of the places you’ve already visited and as (normally) it doesn’t change much, you don’t have to actively perceive the details of your route and you only snap out of this “autopilot mode” when extraordinary actions are needed.
In this meetup we explored human perception and spatial navigation. We learned how the hippocampus, possibly the most well-studied brain area, encodes space and time through specialised neurons and rhythms in the brain and Andreas Fraunberger explained how vision becomes perception and how developments in neuroscience can help to create better virtual environment (VR) experiences.
As part of our collaboration with Pioneers, Liliana Calapez presented Dreamwaves in the startup spotlight.
For Blind and visually impaired people navigation or surrounding exploration in an unknown place is extremely difficult or often just impossible. To overcome this problem Dreamwaves' team is developing and designing an intuitive navigation solution. The application combines augmented reality and spacial audio technology to guide users simply, with virtual sounds embedded in the real world.
We would like to thank to both speakers and also to all participants who came and created the nice atmosphere. We had a great time with all of you and we hope we will see you again at some of our next events.
Previous editions of the Brainstorms events