re NASA's Anti Nausea glasses DIYable? I need help because I can't ride in cars without being sick.

I saw a show on the science channel about how NASA is using stroboscopic glasses to reduce the incredible nausea that astronauts get. This is really interesting to me because I have Graves Disease, and the worst symptom is chronic nausea. Right now, it hits randomly when I am in vehicles. Yesterday I had to take a three hour car drive, and white knuckled it the whole way home, trying not to be sick.

I have a few links to a paper about the glasses, and to the patent that explains how they work.

I follow directions really well, and could put it together if someone could tell me what I needed, and how. My electronics experience is limited to a few LED throwies. (I've got a Make: electronics kit I keep meaning to play with, but haven't yet.) I'm not scared of soldering circuits. I'm just not sure how to put them in order, or read the schematics.

I wouldn't even consider this if I wasn't just desperate to be able to be in a motor vehicle without tossing my cookies after an hour. Long trips are agonizing with the nausea, and if this helps, I'd wear it no matter what it looks like in every vehicle I have to be on.

I really want to do this with my own two hands because then if it breaks I can fix it, or adjust it as needed. Plus, it would be just damn cool to build it. I don't know if that's possible, though, because I'm not sure what I am looking at needing to do to make this.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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Kiteman7 years ago
Have you tried anti-nausea wrist bands? 

Soft wristbands, like narrow sweatbands, but with a plastic button that presses against an accupressure point.

They don't work for me, but they did relieve Kitewife's morning sickness.

(Randomly googled example)

Be careful, because the first link says that the system works at 4-8Hz, which is the frequency most likely to trigger photo-sensitive epilepsy.

HeresyOfTruth (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
The wrist bands don't work for me at all. I have had marginal success with ginger, but not to the degree I would like. That might be a confirmation bias, though.

I'm not prone to seizures, so am unworried about that aspect of this project.

The only thing that actually works is compazine or phenergan. My docs are more than willing to prescribe those, but they knock me out for the count. I'd like to experiment with a non drug way to get from point A to point B without puking.
Are you driving?  Goggles like this may be illegal in the US.

Here's a thought - you can get solar-powered key-rings that blink opaque/clear.

Two of those, battery-powered, could be the source of your lenses....?
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
I'm definitely not driving. Just a passenger. It's pretty impossible to drive when you're carsick from it.

I've never seen these key rings. That sounds like a possibility. Is there a link to them? I don't know what to google to find them. I just keep finding solar powered LED flashlight style key rings.
Maybe the 3D shutter glasses may give you some ideas but you'll have to travel with a laptop next to you.

Maybe if you rig up two of those keychain photoframes in a pair of goggles and rig it up to flash at the right speed.  Or take the 1.5 inch LCDs out and use them as clear lenses to shutter out the natural light.  Good luck.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
Thanks for the link. I'll read that over. I have some concern that two separate flashing mechanisms might be hard to get to flash in sync, though.

Thank you.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
Sold. I don't know exactly what they mean by "blinking in sequence" but it's a start.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  HeresyOfTruth7 years ago
I wonder if there is a way to modulate the "sequence", and to get it from turning off in 14 minutes?

You would need to research using an arduino microprocessor setup to easily program and vary the speed.
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