Virtual views are a technical reality

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Dec-2016

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New view: Steven Baker and Janet Wood explore the technology. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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A group of older people from the Bendigo region have embarked on a research project to explore the role that virtual reality technology can play in encouraging healthy ageing.

Over a series of workshops, which started this week and continue throughout 2017, a group of up to 15 people aged 70 and above will trial a range of systems and take part in design workshops to evaluate the potential of VR technology to support mature people as they age.

The project is run in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, the Nation Ageing Research Institute (NARI), and La Trobe University’s John Richards Initiative. 

In order to participate in the project, you need to be aged 70 and above and have an interest in technology. 

No prior knowledge of virtual reality or specialist IT knowledge is required.

For more information about the workshops, or to register your interest in becoming a technology explorer, contact Steven Baker steven.baker@unimelb.edu.au

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