Virtual Bodyworks (VBW) was founded by world leaders in virtual reality (VR) embodiment, neuroscience, and psychology. The company combines VR with neuroscience to develop novel treatments for behavioral and physical rehabilitation. Their core technologies include body tracking, body scanning, and VR middleware. They work with organizations to design unique immersive VR experiences that complement the therapeutic process. The technology is backed by extensive research aimed at understanding and shaping the way VR will make an impact on the world. VBW has developed 2 main projects: VRespect.Me and I-Cortex.
In Spain, 6,863 victims of domestic violence were registered in 2016. Domestic violence consists of any physical or psychological aggression by a person against his partner. A study by researchers from IDIBAPS and the University of Barcelona shows that the offenders have difficulty accurately recognizing emotions such as fear and anger. A virtual experience may change the perspective of the aggressor and help them develop empathy.
VRespect Me is a VR experience designed specifically to help aggressors develop empathy and improve their social behavior. In this experience, the offender is able to see, hear, and feel like the victim on the receiving end of aggression. Results show that VRespect Me improves the subjects’ ability to recognize fear on the victims’ faces. Modifying the self-perception thus seems to modify the perception of the other person. Similar experiences could be exploited to tackle other real-life problems such as racism or intrapersonal conflicts.
Inveniam advised Virtual BodyWorks on the creation of the company's business model and organized and managed both a bridge and seed round. Furthermore, Inveniam is also providing strategic consulting to Virtual BodyWorks.