Neon CEO Deepa Mann-Kler and her company aim to use the latest visual technologies to help those living with chronic pain.

Neon CEO and founder Deepa Mann-Kler wants to move those living with chronic pain away from addictive opioid medication and towards the untapped and potentially important treatment options found in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

One such product is BreatheVR, an application using the Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift headsets to let the user see their breathing represented by leaves rising and falling in a calming meadow.

By repeating this process, the user can develop a pattern of diaphragmatic breathing, important for the treatment of chronic pain.

Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2018, Mann-Kler said: “I firmly believe that immersive technology finally affords people a choice that they haven’t had to date.”


Words by Colm Gorey