The creative agency Galactig created a special application so that users have an idea of the life of people with dementia.
Dementia is a debilitating condition that not only deprives those suffering from this disease of their abilities, but also friends, family, loved ones. To help in understanding this state, the creative agency Galactig created a free virtual reality program (VR) for Oculus Rift called Dementia First Hand.
Seeking to be as realistic as possible, Dementia First Hand demonstrates scenarios related to everyday tasks at home. These include simple tasks like making a cup of tea in the kitchen and finding the keys to your car. With users hearing a voice through a headset that speaks to you just as a person with dementia hears, may ask you to put an electric kettle on the stove to demonstrate the confusion that patients with dementia feel.
Deric Murdoch, creative director of Galactig, said in a statement:
“This is an innovative use of VR technology for teaching soft skills in Welsh and English. We have created an experience that allows you to interact with everyday objects using virtual hands that help users fully immerse themselves in the story. ”
Dementia First Hand is part of an initiative funded by the Gwynedd Council, and has been used in dementia workshops since mid-2018. Explaining why it is important that the experience be in Welsh, project manager Meilis Heulfrin Smith said:
“When a person develops dementia, he often loses the ability to communicate in his second language. This technology draws a piercing picture of this experience, immersing the user in a situation where he is aware of the need for action to manage the task and the words associated with these actions, but simply cannot perform them. ”
Dementia First Hand is quite a bit different from the last Galactig project called Neon. Released in 2017, Neon is a classic retro arcade shooter with 42 levels for the game.
Download the VR experience for free at the Oculus Store to see how Galactig showed dementia. To stay up to date with the latest virtual reality news, keep reading VRcue.