This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to the US Military

An inventor may have discovered a non-pharmaceutical cure for car sickness that could revolutionize the way people experience everything from travel to the newest virtual-reality headsets. That, in turn, could affect how the military trains, fights, and?navigates.

Just like civilians, troops get motion-sick. A 2009 study by the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory found that more than half of soldiers got sick while riding in Army vehicles. Roughly 25 percent of military personnel got sick on ?moderate seas? and 70 percent on ?rough seas.? In the air, as many as 50 percent of personnel get airsick; even 64 percent of parachutists reported?episodes.

To treat symptoms, troops typically take a drug called scopolamine. It has serious side effects, most notably drowsiness, so soldiers often take it with an amphetamine that carries its own downsides and side effects. It?s like being on uppers and downers at once, which makes for a fatiguing Friday night, much less a?war.

The military?s problems with motion sickness will worsen considerably as more and more training is conducted in virtual?reality.