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Thesis Overview

As the famous actor George Burns said: “You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.” So what can help seniors to enrich their life?

 

Virtual reality or VR is a good choice. There are many reports and research shows that VR can help seniors to enrich their lives. For example, The New York Times reports learning new technology skills help seniors lessen isolation. The MIT News reports that VR can help seniors who can’t leave the house to build a fun way to re-experience the world again.
 

In the thesis project “SeniorVRLife”, the first target audiences are seniors who are isolated or have mobility issues. The secondary audience is people who support these seniors, and this audience includes their children, grandchildren and care providers. The main goal of “SeniorVRLife” is to build a bridge between seniors and VR. “SeniorVRLife” will achieve the goal in three ways. The first way is to promote the awareness about the advantages of VR. The second way is to help seniors select the appropriate VR content suited for their taste and needs. In this way, it can make sure they can have a unique and wonderful user experience. The last way is to get seniors involved in VR programs and motivate their interested. With a few of design possibilities, “SeniorVRLife” can expand this amazing field to seniors and enrich their lives.

Virtual reality is a technology that could actually allow you to connect on a real human level, soul-to-soul, regardless of where you are in the world.

© 2017 by Chujun(Jun) Zhao MFA Thesis Program