Architects turn to VR to help people with dementia
Publication date: 8 March 2017
A new virtual reality (VR) system has been launched to help architects and designers make life easier for people with dementia.
The invention, dubbed the Virtual Reality Empathy Platform (VR-EP), is the brainchild of David Burgher, director at Borders-based architect Aitken Turnbull, who developed it in partnership with Glasgow computer graphics company Wireframe Immersive and experts at the HammondCare dementia charity.
It replicates the vision of those living with dementia, to whom objects can appear dimmer and less colourful, and aims to reduce accidents and lessen anxiety by helping designers to introduce better contrast and signage.