How VR is Shaping Senior Residences
One of the seemingly largest trends of 2017 is virtual reality. While an earlier article (found here) discussed how the tool could be used to map out and interact with urban environments, the latest software will also help the architect gain experience of the tenants that would be interacting with the buildings.
Scottish architect David Burgher and a team of researchers from the Dementia Centre, and the Glasgow-based CGIcompany Wireframe Immersive created a new tool named "Virtual Reality Empathy Platform" (VR-EP).
The VR-EP kit consists of a laptop with high-performance graphics, a virtual reality headset, games controller, camera, and bespoke software programming.
The tool utilizes a digital filter process to manipulate the environment through the eyes of a dementia patient. Since the architect will be able to experience some of the symptoms of dementia, they can use the view point to gauge appropriate lighting levels and room layouts.
Since an architect can have this knowledge at their disposal, Burges believes that it is progress towards making a dementia-friendly space that reduces anxiety, offers independence to the patients, and is overall safer.