The Virtual Forest

The Virtual Forest™

Meaningful engaging experiences are important for everyone; this does not change when someone develops dementia.

To improve the quality of life of a person living with dementia, activities should be planned that are not only engaging, but also empowering, explorative and encourage communication, and can be conducted in a safe and supportive environment. This is what The Virtual Forest™ program offers

The Virtual Forest uses a gaming technology to create a sensory experience, utilising a large interactive screen, and is designed to immerse the user in a peaceful and enjoyable virtual environment for people living with dementia. The Virtual Forest creates a beautiful nature setting which is calming as well as engaging and enjoyable.

The Virtual Project review - Pearl

"It is happy and easy-going. I was captured by the forest, so 'beautiful'! It recalled the experience with my family."

Pearl

 

The Virtual Project Experience The Virtual Forest presents an expansive park-like virtual setting, with colourful flowers, trees and a river with a bridge. The seasons can change with a clap of the hands, and animals can appear and move around the scene with a wave of the hands. It is designed to give back some control to people living with dementia – it is their forest, and they can experiment with it and enjoy it. This is a deliberately personal experience, but one that can be shared with carers or other residents.

The Virtual Forest uses the Orbbec motion sensor that allows users to provide input with nothing more than a wave of their hands. This means users can use natural, easy motions to control interactive elements in the forest. The Virtual Forest has a number of interactive settings for users to interact with.

The Virtual Forest™ Screenshot
  • These include:
  • Mother duck & ducklings
  • School of koi fish
  • Monarch butterfly
  • Dragonfly
  • Boat
  • Season change from autumn to spring
 
The Virtual Project Package

Product enquiries

To learn more about The Virtual Forest, contact our Customer Relations team, Centre for Dementia Learning, (03) 9816 5708 or dementialearningsupport@dementia.org.au.

For technical support, call Jim Pyatt, 03 9816 5715 or email jim.pyatt@dementia.org.au.

 

Hardware requirements
High-Definition Projector or TV (resolution 1920 x 1080)
Wall or projection screen (if using Projector)
Orbbec Astra Pro motion sensor
Stereo sound system
A gaming computer (see below)

 

System requirements (gaming computer)
Graphics card: DirectX 11 compatible, GTX 1070
RAM: 8GB
CPU: Quad Core Intel or AMD, 2.5GHz
HDD: 2GB free space
1x USB 3.0 port
Mouse & keyboard

 

Software requirements
Windows 8.0 or 8.1 or 10 (64 bit editions only)
Latest graphics drivers

 

Please note this is an intensive graphics game and therefore may not work on older computers or computers which to not meet the above requirements.

Screens/monitors are recommended to be as large as possible – preferably, home theatre setups with a projector or large screen.

Sponsor

Lifeview Residential Care

 

Major donors
BB and A Miller Foundation
Norman and Betty Lees
Grosvenor Foundation
Miss Ann Miller
Mr Brian Moore
Donors
Petrica Petrovich
Dr Tanya Petrovich
Ms Therese Caine
Ms Barbara Potter OAM
Mrs Patricia Warren Petch
Lions Club and Murrabit and District
Ms Kay Ehrenberg
Ms Lisa Romano
Ms Joanna Cosgriff
Ms Joan Hammonds
Ms Sarah James
Kirsty Hughes