In Mind VR is an eye opening experience

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There aren't too many VR experiences in the Windows world (yet - though the likes of Hololens are coming), but taking advantage of a Google Cardboard viewer that I'd assembled for Android testing, I gave In Mind VR a spin on Windows Phone. It's 20% game and 80% experience, but there's definitely a 'wow' factor in trying this sort of thing. Will we all, one day, be strapped into VR goggles and headphones, in our own little world? Maybe - at least in the privacy and safety of our own homes!

Google Cardboard

Yes, yes, that's an Android phone in there. But I also tried it with a few Windows Phones for testing 'In Mind VR'!

From the Store description:

InMind is a short adventure with arcade elements designed for the Windows Phone based VR. You are able to play with Cardboard viewer or without it (just tap and hold to switch modes). [How to start video.]

This first demo allows the player to experience the journey into the patient's brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the microworld and experience the miracles of the human mind. 

The future is nigh. The humanity is standing upon the brink of a new era where modern healthcare makes tremendous scientific advancements. With the help of nanotechnologies a surgical prototype bathyscaphe allows its operator to shrink to a microlevel and travel inside the patient's body. 

Having a Cardboard viewer to hand from my adventures here, I gave it a whirl. The screenshots below are the 'split' 3D versions, to give you a sense of how it works:

Screenshot, In Mind VR

Aha - Cardboard I now have! (And it's only a few pounds or dollars on eBay, so you can have it too.....!)

Screenshot, In Mind VR

The 3D virtual reality worked OK on my 4.5"-screened Lumia 1020, but was better on the 5"-screened phones - the bigger the better!

Screenshot, In Mind VR

The game itself involves you twisting your head around and up and down, in order to focus your attention and laser beam on 'bad' neurons - quite fun, especially if, like me, you're sitting in a swivel chair at the time!

Screenshot, In Mind VR

In Mind VR is free, but the developers hope that you'll donate to help fund further VR projects...

One of the cleverest aspects of the VR gaming experience is that you don't need an action button - though Cardboard supports one in the magnet 'toggles' - a lot of the action is achieved through focussing your 'attention' on a particular spot in the field of view. In reality, of course, it's just a particular orientation of the phone, but the illusion is convincing.

You can grab In Mind VR here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Download in the Windows Phone Store