HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE
Please ensure that you read the warnings below carefully before using a virtual reality (“VR”) headset to view this website to reduce the risk of personal injury, discomfort or property damage. Please note that a VR headset headset produces an immersive virtual reality experience that distracts you from and completely blocks your view of your actual surroundings. Always be aware of your surroundings when using a VR headset and remain seated at all times.
Do not use a VR headset if you are tired, need sleep, are under the influence of or have recently been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, have digestive problems, are under emotional stress or anxiety, or if suffering from cold, flu, headaches, migraines, or earaches, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse symptoms. We recommend seeing a doctor before using a VR headset if you are pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical condition.
Some people (about 1 in 4000) may have severe dizziness, seizures, epileptic seizures or blackouts triggered by light flashes or patterns, and this may occur while they are experiencing virtual reality, even if they have never had a seizure or blackout before or have no history of seizures or epilepsy. Such seizures are more common in children and young people under the age of 20. Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptom linked to an epileptic condition should see a doctor before using a VR headset.
A VR headset should not be used by children under the age of 13. Adults should monitor children (age 13 and older) who are using a VR headset for any of the symptoms described in this Advice. Prolonged use could negatively impact hand-eye coordination, balance, and multi-tasking ability. Adults should monitor children closely during and after use of a VR headset for any decrease in these abilities.
Radio Frequency Interference:
The headset can emit radio waves that can affect the operation of nearby electronics, including cardiac pacemakers. If you have a pacemaker or other implanted medical device, do not use the headset without first consulting your doctor or the manufacturer of your medical device.
- Make sure the headset is level and secured comfortably on your head, and that you see a single, clear image. Let us know immediately if you cannot.
- Ease into the use of the headset to allow your body to adjust; use for only a few minutes at a time at first, and only increase the amount of time using the headset gradually as you grow accustomed to virtual reality. Looking around when first entering virtual reality can help you adjust to any small differences between your real-world movements and the resulting virtual reality experience.
Immediately discontinue use if anyone using a VR headset experiences any of the following symptoms: seizures; loss of awareness; eye strain; eye or muscle twitching; involuntary movements; altered, blurred, or double vision or other visual abnormalities; dizziness; disorientation; impaired balance; impaired hand-eye coordination; excessive sweating; increased salivation; nausea; lightheadedness; discomfort or pain in the head or eyes; drowsiness; fatigue; or any symptoms similar to motion sickness. Just as with the symptoms people can experience after they disembark a cruise ship, symptoms of virtual reality exposure can persist and become more apparent hours after use. These post-use symptoms can include the symptoms above, as well as excessive drowsiness and decreased ability to multi-task. These symptoms may put you at an increased risk of injury when engaging in normal activities in the real world. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other visually or physically demanding activities that have potentially serious consequences (i.e., activities in which experiencing any symptoms could lead to death, personal injury, or damage to property), or other activities that require unimpaired balance and hand-eye coordination (such as playing sports or riding a bicycle, etc.) until you have fully recovered from any symptoms. See a doctor if you have serious and/or persistent symptoms.
I understand and agree that I am using a VR headset to view this website at my own risk. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, estate, insurers, successors and assigns, hereby release, indemnify, hold harmless and agree not to sue McCann-Erickson USA, Inc., the US Army, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, contractors, agents and representatives, and the successors, assigns, and insurers of such entities, (collectively, the “Released Parties”), with respect to any and all claims or causes of action I may have for damages for personal or bodily injury, disability, death, and for loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of any or all of the Released Parties or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.