The Entertainment Computing Group is the originator of all contents and documents of the application. The contents are protected by copyright according to German copyright law. Copying, reproducing, editing, distributing, or changing them is only allowed with the written permission of the originator (author). This does not refer to downloading the application to your smartphone to use the application. The application is intended for private and non-commercial use only. In case the contents of the application and the websites were not created by the operator, the copyrights of third parties are respected. Using our contact data (given in the imprint) for commercial advertising is expressly not desired unless we have previously given our written consent or a business relationship already exists.
Liability for contents
The contents of the application Pengunaut Trainer and the websites pingunauten.de and pengunauts.com have been created with great care and according to scientific standards by an interdisciplinary team of developers, psychologists, doctors, and designers especially for the use of children. However, no guarantee is given for the accuracy, completeness, and topicality of the contents nor the suitability for special purposes. The use of the application and the contents provided on the websites is at the sole risk of the user. The use of the application does not constitute a contractual relationship between the user and the provider.
As a service provider, the Entertainment Computing Group is responsible for its contents on these web pages in accordance with § 7 para. 1 Telemediengesetz (TMG) under the general laws. According to §§ 8-10 TMG, the Entertainment Computing Group (as a service provider) is not obliged to monitor transmitted or stored external information or to search for circumstances that indicate illegal activity. Obligations to remove or block the use of information according to the general laws remain unaffected. However, such liability is only possible from the time of knowledge of a concrete infringement. Upon becoming aware of such violations, the contents will be removed immediately.
Liability for Links
The websites pingunauten.de and pengunauts.com contain links to third-party websites (“external links”). These websites are subject to the liability of the respective operators, i. e. the Entertainment Computing Group does not provide any guarantee for these external contents. The linked websites were checked for possible infringements at the time of linking. At the time of linking, no illegal content was detected. However, a permanent control of the contents of the linked web pages is not reasonable without concrete evidence of an infringement. The Entertainment Computing Group hereby expressly distances itself from any contents of the linked websites that were changed after the link was set. For illegal, incorrect, or incomplete contents and damages resulting from the use or non-use of such information, only the provider of the web page (to which reference is made) is liable, not the person who refers to the respective publication via links. If we become aware of any infringements, we will remove such links immediately.
Integration of Third-Party Services and Content
There may be third-party content embedded within the websites pingunauten.de and pengunauts.com, for example YouTube videos, material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites. This usually requires the providers of the contents to perceive the IP address of the users, since without the IP address no content can be sent to the browser of the user. The IP address is thus necessary for the display of the contents. The Entertainment Computing Group has no influence on whether and how third-party providers store IP addresses.
Information on Online Dispute Participation
According to Art. 14 para. 1 of the ODR Regulation (EU-Regulation No. 524/2013), the EU Commission provides an Internet platform for the online settlement of disputes (so-called “OS platform”). The OS platform serves as a contact point for the out-of-court settlement of disputes concerning contractual obligations arising from online sales contracts. The customer can reach the OS platform via the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.
If you send us requests via the contact form on our websites pingunauten.de or pengunauts.com, the information you provide in the form, including the contact details, will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and in case of follow-up questions. This data will not be passed on without your consent.
The websites pingunauten.de and pengunauts.com use SSL encryption for security reasons. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol.
Once SSL encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
Children under the age of 13 may use the application and the VR Viewer only under adult supervision. Older children should also be supervised by adults during use.
Duration of Use
Using the application and the VR Viewer for an extended time period should be avoided. The application can be interrupted at any time. Regular pauses of at least 10 minutes are recommended if the application and the VR Viewer are used for an extended time period. If the following symptoms become apparent during use, the VR Viewer should be removed immediately.
Regarding the use of VR technology, the phenomenon of visually induced motion sickness (also called “travel sickness”, “cybersickness” or “simulator sickness”) can occur. The occurrence of these symptoms varies greatly between individuals and is independent of age.
- Nausea and physical discomfort
- Balance Disorders
- Difficulties with hand-eye coordination
- Visual impairment
- Excessive sweating
These or similar symptoms may occur during use, but also shortly afterward or with some delay. We therefore recommend that children may be supervised even after using the application and the VR Viewer. Adults are recommended to drive a car or perform other dangerous activities at least 15 minutes after use. If the symptoms mentioned above are very severe or do not subside after a short time, please consult a medical doctor.
If you have ever experienced symptoms that may be related to epilepsy, we advise you not to use our application and the VR Viewer. Be sure to consult a medical doctor before using the application or the VR Viewer.
Safe Location and Position
Before using the application and VR Viewer, make sure you have a safe environment to avoid accidents and damage. Remove dangerous or fragile objects. The application is designed for use in a standing or upright position and lying down. You should not walk around during use. Also ensure that third parties (e.g. siblings, pets) cannot be injured.
For the game “Stargazer”, which is one of the main components of the application Pengunaut Trainer, the player must lie flat on his back. Make sure in advance that there is enough space available. Before lying down, the VR Viewer must always be removed to avoid accidents and the negative symptoms mentioned above.
VR Viewer and Smartphone
To use the application, a special holder (“VR Viewer”) is required, with which the smartphone can be worn in front of the eyes. Only with such a VR Viewer is the three-dimensional display of the application content possible. A VR Viewer is not included with the application and must be purchased independently. VR Viewers are not products made specifically for children. They may contain small parts and sharp edges that can cause injuries or become detached. There is a choking hazard for small children.
Before using the VR Viewer, make sure that your smartphone is correctly and securely attached to the VR Viewer. You can use any included foam spacers to provide additional support. The VR Viewer’s holder may press on your smartphone’s buttons. To avoid this, you can also use foam spacers. The Entertainment Computing Group is not liable for any damages to the smartphone, the VR Viewer, furniture, etc. The appropriate and safe use of the devices remains within the responsibility of the user. Please be sure to read the safety instructions and manuals for the smartphone and VR Viewer before using them.
The application Pengunaut Trainer is the result of scientific research regarding anxiety reduction in children undergoing MRI examinations using virtual reality technology. At the time of writing, there was no reason to suspect serious risks to children from the use of the application or VR technology in general. Nevertheless, there is currently a lack of reliable scientific knowledge about the effects of the long-term use of VR technology on children and adults. If you have any questions or concerns, consult a medical doctor. You can use the contact form provided on the websites to contact us.
Use of the Application
When using the application, no personal data (e.g. name, address, e-mail, photos, videos, IP addresses, IMEI addresses, etc.) is collected or stored. There is no possibility of inference to your person / your child at any time.
The application Pengunaut Trainer requires camera permissions to scan the QR code on VR Viewers. The QR code contains the required configuration for a correct display of the contents. The captured image data is not stored or used in any other way. An adjustment of the application settings on the VR viewer is necessary for an optimal VR experience.
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