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 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.
- These include:
- Mother duck & ducklings
- School of koi fish
- Monarch butterfly
- Season change from autumn to spring
To learn more about The Virtual Forest, contact our Customer Relations team, Centre for Dementia Learning, (03) 9816 5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For technical support, call Jim Pyatt, 03 9816 5715 or email email@example.com.
|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|
|CPU: Quad Core Intel or AMD, 2.5GHz|
|HDD: 2GB free space|
|1x USB 3.0 port|
|Mouse & keyboard|
|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.
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