July 25, 2024

Lighting an aid against motion sickness?

A paper published in the journal Applied Ergonomics suggests that utilising smart lighting can be effective in avoiding the onset of motion sickness. The condition, also known as seasickness, can pose significant challenges to people affected, impacting their ability to travel and undertake activities.

“This study confirms Boarding Light’s ability to counter motion sickness, as observed during sea trials with the French Navy in 2023. It opens up a way to finally have a motion sickness solution integrated directly into the vehicle, to bring the passenger experience to another level,” commented Antoine Jeannin, CEO of Boarding Ring.

The study published in Applied Ergonomics investigated the effect of a visual device that forms an artificial horizon plane. The illumination of vertical light emitting diodes (LEDs) varied according to the movement of the vessel it was used in.

Fifteen subjects with moderate to severe susceptibility to motion sickness were exposed to a seasickness simulator with and without the light emitting device. The subjects’ symptoms were assessed after exposure and their heart rate, temperature and time spent in the simulator recorded.

Ultimately, the symptom intensity at the end of exposure to the simulator did not differ but the time spent in it was markedly longer with the device – an increase of 46%. It was concluded that the device delays the onset of motion sickness symptoms and can be utilised as a tool against the debilitating condition.

Camille de Thierry de Faletans, Maxime Misericordia, Jean-Marc Vallier,  Pascale Duché and Eric Watelain are credited as the authors of the review article entitled Effects of dynamic visual feedback system on seasickness. The paper became available online on 25 May, where it can be read in full.

Boarding Light is a technology that can be applied across forms of transport.