UviPortable gives peace of mind that I am employing best practice. We can inform participants that we have done everything possible to minimise risk, which helps ensure success for our endeavours
Dr David Painter is a Research Fellow at Griffith University on the Gold Coast in QLD. His team’s project uses virtual reality (VR) in inpatient rehabilitation settings to assess cognitive performance in people with brain injury. VR provides opportunities for people to practice cognitive skills in naturalistic ways that promote recovery.
Working in a frontline setting impacted by the pandemic, David and his team were looking for methods to ensure that the VR headsets and controllers were sufficiently cleaned. They use hospital disinfectant but require additional security. “Dealing with vulnerable people requires certainty that transmission risks are minimised. The deleterious consequences of pathogens require safe methods that we can rely on. UV technology helps to minimise risk for both participants and our project.”
UV disinfection came up consistently in online searches as an effective method. For David, an added benefit was supporting local industry. “Australia currently outsources biotechnology development to other countries. We should help to support and help build local industries, which provides the added benefits of a quick turnaround on delivery and low shipping costs.”
David says unboxing and using the UviPortable is simple. “It is plug and play. The unit is well-packaged and simple to use and comes with an instruction manual. The carry handle made the unit convenient to remove from the box and set in place. It comes with a standard power cable. All I needed to do was plug it in and press the button. We had a testing session scheduled at 9am, and the unit was quickly unboxed and ready to run. The unit seems robust, well-constructed, and unlikely to break or mark easily.”
“I am part of the local VR community, and I share my experience with others who require that transmission risk is minimised. It only takes 90 seconds for the disinfection cycle, which makes it fast to disinfect our devices between participants.”
“I have been using the UviPortable for a few weeks and have peace of mind that I am employing best practice. We can inform participants that we have done everything possible to minimise risk. This helps to ensure success for our endeavours.”