Virtual Reality Tool Helps Architects Create Dementia-Friendly Spaces

A virtual reality device has been launched that will help architects and designers create dementia-friendly buildings and spaces by mimicking the visual impairments experienced by dementia patients.

The invention is a market first for architectural design and will be known as Virtual Reality Empathy Platform (VR-EP). It stems from the knowledge that people with dementia can see things very differently, with objects often appearing dimmer and less colourful than they really are which can lead to fright and confusion.

The appearance of a room without and with the Virtual Reality Empathy Platform headset, for a dementia sufferer.
The appearance of a room without and with the Virtual Reality Empathy Platform headset, for a dementia sufferer.

The technology can be used in the design of new buildings such as care homes, hospitals or sheltered housing, and also has the potential to assess existing buildings and environments. Dementia-friendly design can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with the condition.

Originally Published by The Urban Developer, continue reading here.

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