Our company, Freedom Software PTY LTD, was established in 2016 by myself, Eugene Mulder, and my lifelong partner and wife, Bernadine Mulder. One of our main focus points was the entertainment industry, such as computer games.
During one of my late evenings of researching the human mind and sensory input, I suddenly came up with the idea of Freedom Wave. A revolutionary project which no one has created yet.
Similar projects exist, but not with the unique “recipe” we have found.
Our “recipe”, as mentioned above, is still a bit of a trade secret until we have a working system, but we will gladly share some of our findings during our research and discussions with various professionals.
One of the most promising scientific reports, which also confirms that we are on the right track:
According to a scientific report done in 2017:
Abstract: “The VR stimulation led to a reduction of heart rate (p = 0. 049) and blood pressure (p = 0.044).
Fixation/saccade ratio (p < 0.001)was increased when a visual target was presented superimposed on the videos (reduced search activity), reflecting enhanced visual processing.
Overall, the VR stimulation had a relaxing effect as shown in vital markers of physical stress and participants explored less when attending the target. Our study indicates that VR stimulation in ICU settings is feasible and beneficial for critically ill patients.”
Gerber, S.M., Jeitziner, M., Wyss, P. et al. Visuo-acoustic stimulation that helps you to relax: A virtual reality setup for patients in the intensive care unit. Sci Rep 7, 13228 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-13153-1
Working with colour is vital for this project and this article was extremely helpful in explaining some of the effect colours could have on a person.
The retinal cells that form the non-image-forming visual pathway between eye and hypothalamus are selectively sensitive to the short wavelengths (blue and green) of the visible spectrum.
What this means is that there is clearly an established physiological mechanism through which colour and light can affect mood, heart rate, alertness, and impulsivity, to name but a few.
It is clear that light, and colour specifically, can affect us in ways that go far beyond regular colour vision.
The discovery of the non-image-forming visual pathway has given a new impetus to research that explores how we respond, both physiologically and psychologically, to colour around us.
This article had some very useful information that we can use to work with the breaking or establishing someone’s attention or focus.
Summary: “A new study overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.”
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2011, February 8). Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers find. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 16, 2020 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110208131529.htm
Auditory stimuli are the second important aspect of the system and we will leverage this advantage to its fullest:
Summary: “Playing ‘natural sounds’ affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows.”
University of Sussex. “It’s true: The sound of nature helps us relax.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 March 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170330132354.htm>.
We have already been in contact with an Occupational Therapist with our research and findings. According to her, the system does indeed have great potential, especially for patients with sensory disorder. Unfortunately due to time constraints, they cannot assist further with the research side of the system. They have pointed us to some more research material we can use though.
We are also in the process of making contact with other professionals in other fields, such as a General Practitioner and an Optometrist. We will keep on updating this section as we come across more information that we can share with the community without revealing our “secret recipe”.
Some info on Freedom Wave
- Through the use of Virtual Reality all distractions and thoughts of stress and obligations will be cut off, creating a relaxed environment.
- The system will be modular allowing a unique experience for every patient based upon their unique profile and background.
- The system will make use of up to four layers of different sounds that will work uniquely together to guide and calm the patient, stimulating their auditory system and in return their emotional and psychological state.
- For the visual stimulation, up to four layers of visual stimuli will be used that will distract the patients awareness and focus their attention on the system’s guidance. It will also assist with a comforting scene.
- Each session will go through various phases, ranging from guiding the patient to a calm and relaxed state, to a phase where everything is solidified that the patient experienced during the session.
- These phases will be controlled from a local computer by the patients caretaker (i.e. doctor or therapist) by observing the patient’s reactions and body language. The caretaker will be able to jump forward and backward with certain phases depending on the patient’s responses to the Freedom Wave system.
Who will benefit?
Most patients with some form of emotional or mental problems:
Sensory Disorder –
ADHD and ADD –
High levels of stress –
Sleep disorders, such as insomnia –
Physiological problems caused by certain mental or emotional problems –
Delusional patients –
Some forms of addiction –
And so the list goes on –
We need your Help
A project like this needs a lot of resources and time to develop and maintain. Fortunately we already have some of what we need. Unfortunately, we don’t have everything. We would also like to sponsor communities who cannot afford this system. If you would like to assist us financially or get involved in this project another way, you can fill in the form below or visit one of our official crowd funding pages. Here is a small chart of what we need and how close we are to fulfilling these targets (Please note, we are based in South Africa and these figures are the cost of the equipment in South Africa and are estimates effected by the Rand/Dollar exchange rate):
More Details on requirements
- Virtual Reality Gear – We are currently looking at the HTC Vive System as it has all the features that we will need.
- High-end Computers – We already have one computer that can handle the system and it’s development. We need one more computer.
- Full-time Graphic Artist – We already have an artist, but she can only help us when she has time. We need to hire a full time graphic artist.
- Full-time Programmer – I am a programmer, but due to my full-time job, I have very little time to work on this system, but I will keep giving it my all regardless.
- Outsourcing of Specialists – We would like to outsource an Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, General Practitioner and any other specialist that will be needed during the process of developing this system, but we would like to compensate them for their time.
- Coding and Graphics Software – We already have all the necessary software that will be needed to develop this system.
- Sponsor one Freedom Wave System – Our hope is that once we have a working system, that we can help communities who cannot afford such a system.