Oftentimes, concepts that may change the lives of many individuals come because of tragic occasions. As is the case with a developer from Tomsk, named Nikolai Muravyov. The younger man skilled an occasion of extreme trauma, which not solely didn’t break his spirit but additionally helped him discover a means to assist many individuals who face mobility-related issues. Nikolay Muravyov defined to our editorial employees how he managed to create a venture aimed toward enhancing rehabilitation after strokes.
How did the thought of VR GO come about?
Life itself pushed me to convey this concept into actuality. As you could have observed, I’m in a wheelchair. In 2010, throughout a pal’s birthday celebration, I unsuccessfully took a visit on a slide with a sports activities ice sled and crashed my again into a gaggle of timber. Because of this – I gained a spinal fracture, three operations, and a protracted technique of rehabilitation.
Because of the damage, I misplaced the flexibility to maneuver my legs. The neurosurgeon suggested me to make use of my creativeness right here. I needed to think about that I used to be shifting my legs. At this level, followers of Quentin Tarantino’s work ought to recall a fraction from “Kill Invoice”, by which Uma Thurman tries to maneuver his toes after a protracted coma, mendacity within the again seat of a automotive parked in a hospital car parking zone. These are the duties that, following the recommendation of my medical doctors, I’ve been doing for some time now. Certainly, that is very energy-intensive. As well as, it’s not simple to recollect the actions that you simply forgot. It was then that I had the thought of making VR GO.
What’s the essence of your startup’s know-how?
In VR GO, we use the capabilities of digital actuality to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered a stroke. Our developments assist to make psychological illustration extra aware and attention-grabbing, as a result of gamified format and anatomically appropriate transmission of motion.
Sufferers will be capable of management the actions of a digital model of themselves and, because of the excessive element of every digital world, take them for their very own.
Greater than 60 folks have examined the appliance and every of them left solely optimistic suggestions. There have been instances when family members of sufferers who have been helped by our developments instantly provided a big sum of cash for such instruments.
To create an alternate, digital actuality, we use essentially the most trendy VR headsets, in addition to non-trivial options within the improvement of our personal utility. We try to make the know-how as accessible as potential to everybody.
Who helps you with this venture?
I couldn’t have accomplished this alone. My pal and skilled businessman Maxim Zhdanov, in addition to cyberneticist Herman Schneider, whom we met at one of many accelerator occasions, assist me in my work. I assembled the venture’s crew again in 2017 – after attending a digital actuality hackathon. We even have a employees of programmers who’re liable for the technical a part of the event.
What are the outcomes of VR GO in the mean time and the way do you see the way forward for the venture?
We have now confirmed the effectiveness of our venture – that is most likely the principle achievement. As well as, we’ve got acquired connections and even acquired the help of overseas authorities. For instance, we have been provided help with the discharge of the venture to the European market. All these particulars of the puzzle assist to advertise the venture.
We’re additionally planning to launch a cellular utility. At this stage, VR GO customers will be capable of work even by means of cardboard cutouts– abnormal Google card glasses in which you’ll set up a smartphone. All you want is a contemporary telephone and a cheap cardboard cutout costing between $10-20.
How did your fascination with Star Wars start?
My ardour for Star Wars goes again a great distance. My fascination was catalyzed in the mean time once I realized that my incapacity pension was not sufficient for residing. To earn cash, I began making bespoke helmets and costumes from fantasy movies. By the way in which, I’m not restricted to Star Wars. There are additionally works impressed by different movies in my assortment, for instance, Iron Man.
Right this moment, my interest has taken on a digital format and I just lately entered the NFT market. My works at the moment are introduced on the OpenSea market. All earnings from the sale of NFTs goes to fund the venture. Those that want to assist us in creating instruments for the rehabilitation of individuals with motor issues – try my OpenSea web page.
How does the method transfer from concept to implementation?
Creating helmets is an especially painstaking job by which each element is necessary. First, I work out the thought, after which I search for methods to implement it. In the midst of the work, I can refine the thought or change it till I get one thing actually cool. An necessary place within the course of is the selection of design.
Some jobs can take from six months to a yr and a half, but it surely’s price it. Every helmet is exclusive. There isn’t any second one precisely prefer it on the earth. Helmet consumers get an unique alternative to work together with the Star Wars universe and develop into a singular a part of it. And so, the thought of the STAR MASTER TROOPER venture was born.
Do you ever obtain uncommon orders? In that case, what was essentially the most uncommon object you created?
Some of the attention-grabbing works has been the R2–D2 robotic made from steel. He strikes his head and speaks in his personal language “pilik pili piuu”. We made him for the educating employees on the kids’s technopark generally known as “Quantorium”, by which I truly labored as a laboratory assistant trainer.
Our R2-D2 was on the Avenue Imaginative and prescient Avenue Artwork Pageant. After that, we put the robotic into the fingers of the one who financed the work.
Inform us concerning the creation of STAR MASTER TROOPER helmets. What’s the essential concept behind the gathering?
STAR MASTER TROOPER is partly a fantasy about how stormtroopers may look. On the identical time, within the NFT assortment, I additionally paid tribute to the basic look of the heroes.
By the way in which, the primary helmet in digital and bodily type went to its purchaser from Australia earlier than the beginning of the gross sales.
What are NFTs and the way do they differ from the massive variety of pictures which are uploaded to OpenSea?
The format of non-fungible tokens helps to verify the possession of a singular picture by means of the fixation of knowledge within the blockchain. On the identical time, the NFT market provides a few of the easiest circumstances for the sale and buy of digital artwork.
All the pictures that fashioned the idea of my tokens are copyrighted; they’re introduced in a single copy. By the way in which, all of the NFTs will not be simply graphics, however actual bodily helmets captured on video. This strategy permits the customer to buy each the digital and bodily types of the helmet.
Do you’ve plans for growth within the NFT market?
There are actually plans to create new collections. The NFT market is continuous to develop. Analysts predict that by 2025, the business for NFTs will attain $80 billion. Market growth can also be facilitated by the event of many massive firms, together with Meta (Fb).
I plan to develop my NFT initiative as a way to use it to scale the VR GO venture, by means of which we are going to assist individuals who have misplaced the flexibility to maneuver.
What would you say to individuals who have misplaced hope for the enjoyment of motion?
I’d say from private expertise – the lack of hope is a path to nowhere. I’ll offer you an instance. If I had relaxed within the hospital and never began interested by other ways to enhance my situation, there wouldn’t have been a VR GO venture, which has develop into for many individuals the hope for a contented future.
Is there a possibility to contact you to check out your know-how or take part your creativity?
Certain. I’m at all times open to communication. You’ll be able to contact me, for instance, by way of Twitter or Instagram. I like to speak with folks with whom we’re comparable energetically.