Oftentimes, concepts that may change the lives of many individuals come because of tragic occasions. As is the case with a developer from Tomsk, named Nikolai Muravyov. The younger man skilled an occasion of extreme trauma, which not solely didn’t break his spirit but in addition helped him discover a approach to assist many individuals who face mobility-related issues. Nikolay Muravyov defined to our editorial workers how he managed to create a undertaking geared toward bettering rehabilitation after strokes.
How did the concept of VR GO come about?
Life itself pushed me to deliver this concept into actuality. As you will have observed, I’m in a wheelchair. In 2010, throughout a buddy’s birthday celebration, I unsuccessfully took a visit on a slide with a sports activities ice sled and crashed my again into a bunch of bushes. In consequence – I gained a spinal fracture, three operations, and an extended means of rehabilitation.
Because of the damage, I misplaced the flexibility to maneuver my legs. The neurosurgeon suggested me to make use of my creativeness right here. I needed to think about that I used to be transferring my legs. At this level, followers of Quentin Tarantino’s work ought to recall a fraction from “Kill Invoice”, wherein Uma Thurman tries to maneuver his toes after an extended coma, mendacity within the again seat of a automobile parked in a hospital parking zone. These are the duties that, following the recommendation of my docs, I’ve been doing for some time now. Certainly, that is very energy-intensive. As well as, it’s not simple to recollect the actions that you just forgot. It was then that I had the concept of making VR GO.
What’s the essence of your startup’s expertise?
In VR GO, we use the capabilities of digital actuality to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered a stroke. Our developments assist to make psychological illustration extra acutely aware and fascinating, because of the gamified format and anatomically right transmission of motion.
Sufferers will be capable of management the actions of a digital model of themselves and, due to the excessive element of every digital world, take them for their very own.
Greater than 60 individuals have examined the appliance and every of them left solely constructive suggestions. There have been instances when relations of sufferers who had been helped by our developments instantly supplied a big sum of cash for such instruments.
To create an alternate, digital actuality, we use essentially the most trendy VR headsets, in addition to non-trivial options within the improvement of our personal software. We attempt to make the expertise as accessible as attainable to everybody.
Who helps you with this undertaking?
I couldn’t have achieved this alone. My buddy and skilled businessman Maxim Zhdanov, in addition to cyberneticist Herman Schneider, whom we met at one of many accelerator occasions, assist me in my work. I assembled the undertaking’s staff again in 2017 – after attending a digital actuality hackathon. We even have a workers of programmers who’re accountable for the technical a part of the event.
What are the outcomes of VR GO for the time being and the way do you see the way forward for the undertaking?
We’ve confirmed the effectiveness of our undertaking – that is in all probability the principle achievement. As well as, now we have acquired connections and even obtained the assist of international authorities. For instance, we had been supplied help with the discharge of the undertaking to the European market. All these particulars of the puzzle assist to advertise the undertaking.
We’re additionally planning to launch a cell software. At this stage, VR GO customers will be capable of work even by way of cardboard cutouts– odd Google card glasses in which you’ll set up a smartphone. All you want is a contemporary cellphone and an affordable cardboard cutout costing between $10-20.
How did your fascination with Star Wars start?
My ardour for Star Wars goes again a great distance. My fascination was catalyzed for the time being after I realized that my incapacity pension was not sufficient for residing. To earn cash, I began making bespoke helmets and costumes from fantasy movies. By the best way, I’m not restricted to Star Wars. There are additionally works impressed by different movies in my assortment, for instance, Iron Man.
At this time, my pastime has taken on a digital format and I not too long ago entered the NFT market. My works at the moment are offered on the OpenSea market. All earnings from the sale of NFTs goes to fund the undertaking. Those that want to assist us in creating instruments for the rehabilitation of individuals with motor issues – try my OpenSea web page.
How does the method transfer from concept to implementation?
Creating helmets is an especially painstaking job wherein each element is necessary. First, I work out the concept, after which I search for methods to implement it. In the midst of the work, I can refine the concept or change it till I get one thing actually cool. An necessary place within the course of is the selection of design.
Some jobs can take from six months to a yr and a half, nevertheless it’s value it. Every helmet is exclusive. There isn’t any second one precisely prefer it on this planet. Helmet consumers get an unique alternative to work together with the Star Wars universe and develop into a novel a part of it. And so, the concept of the STAR MASTER TROOPER undertaking was born.
Do you ever obtain uncommon orders? In that case, what was essentially the most uncommon object you created?
Probably the most fascinating works has been the R2–D2 robotic fabricated from metallic. He strikes his head and speaks in his personal language “pilik pili piuu”. We made him for the educating workers on the youngsters’s technopark generally known as “Quantorium”, wherein I really labored as a laboratory assistant trainer.
Our R2-D2 was on the Avenue Imaginative and prescient Avenue Artwork Competition. After that, we put the robotic into the fingers of the one that financed the work.
Inform us in regards to the creation of STAR MASTER TROOPER helmets. What’s the fundamental concept behind the gathering?
STAR MASTER TROOPER is partly a fantasy about how stormtroopers would possibly look. On the identical time, within the NFT assortment, I additionally paid tribute to the traditional look of the heroes.
By the best way, the primary helmet in digital and bodily kind went to its purchaser from Australia earlier than the beginning of the gross sales.
What are NFTs and the way do they differ from the large variety of photographs which are uploaded to OpenSea?
The format of non-fungible tokens helps to substantiate the possession of a novel picture by way of the fixation of knowledge within the blockchain. On the identical time, the NFT market affords among the easiest situations for the sale and buy of digital artwork.
All the pictures that shaped the premise of my tokens are copyrighted; they’re offered in a single copy. By the best way, all of the NFTs usually are not simply graphics, however actual bodily helmets captured on video. This method permits the client to buy each the digital and bodily types of the helmet.
Do you might have plans for enlargement within the NFT market?
There are actually plans to create new collections. The NFT market is constant to develop. Analysts predict that by 2025, the trade for NFTs will attain $80 billion. Market enlargement can be facilitated by the event of many giant corporations, together with Meta (Fb).
I plan to develop my NFT initiative with the intention to use it to scale the VR GO undertaking, by way of which we’ll assist individuals who have misplaced the flexibility to maneuver.
What would you say to individuals who have misplaced hope for the enjoyment of motion?
I might say from private expertise – the lack of hope is a path to nowhere. I’ll provide you with an instance. If I had relaxed within the hospital and never began serious about alternative routes to enhance my situation, there wouldn’t have been a VR GO undertaking, which has develop into for many individuals the hope for a contented future.
Is there a chance to contact you to check out your expertise or take part your creativity?
Positive. I’m at all times open to communication. You’ll be able to contact me, for instance, through Twitter or Instagram. I like to speak with individuals with whom we’re related energetically.