The HTC Vive's Safety Guidelines Are Funny and Scary in Equal Measure

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

If you were lucky/wealthy enough to capture yourself an HTC Vive before it sold out, you’ll no doubt be itching for the headset to arrive at your door. It’s a wonderful piece of technology, and I’m very jealous of you. However, there’s lots to read up on before you build your home VR setup.

HTC’s created a booklet of health and safety guidelines for the Vive, and it makes for rather entertaining reading. We’ve listed some of our favourite snippets below.

There's no pain in VR, but it still exists:

It is important to remember that simulated objects, such as furniture, that may be encountered while using the product do not exist in the real world, and injuries may result when interacting with those simulated objects as if they were real, for example, by attempting to sit down on a virtual chair.

Don't get drunk on virtual reality:

Prolonged, uninterrupted use of the product should be avoided. It may negatively impact hand-eye coordination, balance, and/or cause other negative effects.

Beware cats and stuff:

It is recommended that the product be used only while under the supervision of another person who is ready to warn of hazards that may arise while the product is being used. Examples of hazards that could arise include, but are not limited to, tangling of a cable in a manner that presents a tripping hazard, pets entering the area where the product is being used, and the user walking too close to a wall or other hazard.

Okay, nothing light-hearted about this one:

Content viewed using the product can be intense, immersive, and appear very life-like and may cause your brain and body to react accordingly. Certain types of content (e.g. violent, scary, emotional, or adrenaline-based content) could trigger increased heart rate, spikes in blood pressure, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, fainting, and other adverse effects. If you have a history of negative physical or psychological reactions to certain real life circumstances, avoid using the product to view similar content.

HTC also adds that Vive wasn’t designed for ‘young’ children -- without specifying age limits -- and says that parents should closely monitor older children to ensure the headset doesn’t end up having negative effects. Oh, and if you’re on drugs, it’s probably best to sober up before strapping up. [ArsTechnica]