The project was started to understand the people with acrophobia that I never experienced the fear of height.
Over the Top is an interactive app that helps people with fear of heights. The app provides solutions to distract and overcome their acrophobia.
Acrophobia causes significant anxiety and panic.
People with acrophobia often see little improvement because it’s difficult to find information that can help.
There are more people who are generally (non-clinically) afraid of heights than people with acrophobia.
- sweating, chest pain, and increased heartbeat at the sight of high places
- feeling sick when seeing or thinking about heights
- shaking and trembling when faced with heights
- experiencing panic when seeing high places or thinking about having to go up to a high place
- experiencing extreme anxiety and fear when you have to climb stairs, look out a window, or drive along an overpass
- psychotherapy, medication, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), visualization, relaxation
It limits the life and activities of a person, who may try to avoid situationssuch as visiting people who live on high floors of buildings, taking up ajob at an office that is on a high floor, air travel, to name a few.
An evidence-based treatment that helps people to conquer their fear of heights.
To gather more acrophobia sufferers in order to provide better treatments and experiences and promote further use of the app.
Acrophobics often see little improvement because it’s difficult for them to find information that can help. Most treatment relies on medication and methods of self-relaxation to avoid fear.
To visualize and provide the best treatment to those with fear of heights so that they can travel with peace of mind and without anxiety.
Acrophobics want to overcome fear as quickly and effectively as possible
Acrophobics have difficulty with activities in high places
They don't want fast treatment. They want gradual treatment that integrates with their daily life
They love participating in activities like hiking, walking, and playing games
The trauma from high ground makes hard to participate the treatment
People with acrophobia think VR can help them to fight against their fear
People with acrophobia are eager to face the trauma to gain the strong mind
They are interested in VR device but not aware of treating method
Shows places conducive to acrophobia
Presents ways for users to control acrophobia
Shows the altitude of the user’s current location
Directs the user to comfort zones to distract from their fear
Works with smartphone app to reduce acrophobia
Provides various level of therapy, beginner to advanced, that will helpusers overcome the fear step by step through VR
Located in places conducive to acrophobia: elevators, cliffs, high elevations Promote the brand to get users to participate in and engage with the site and the app
Lisa is preparing for bike ride with friends in the afternoon. She sets up destination using navigation on her phone and activates sound therapy that changes music style based on altitute.
Steve is treating himself to overcome acrophobia gradually using the image therapy and VR therapy from the app. He choses levels from easy to hard so that he can get used the high grounds.
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People with acrophobia can easily connect their smartphones to VR device. Through challenging various levels of height, they can gradually overcome the fear.
When I was looking for phobias that are widespread. I ran into one of my friends who was afraid of heights. Since I had no problem with heights. I wanted to understand how my friend first became acrophobia. In my research, I discovered that acrophobia emerges in childhood. My work on the "Over the Top" project expanded my perspective on other people who had phobias that I would never otherwise have understood.