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Potential Solution One of the most overlooked features of YouTube on a TV is 360-degree virtual reality. An Amazon Fire TV Cube provides a low-cost, easy-to-use viewing solution, as the remote control offers the normal ring control (up, down, left, right) as well as play/pause, forward/rewind Setup Just install the YouTube app on your Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick and you will be able to use your Fire TV remote to move around 360 degrees within the view with the “Ring control” as well as advancing and backing up in the video with the normal controls Here is a video of it working… https://youtu.be/9VL4abfU78k Suggestions This may be enough for most seniors. It of course does not offer the same “immersive experience” as the VR headset, but they can pan around in the video and pick the direction they wish to look. It’s helpful to create a “list” of videos Please note that you can add videos you are actively watching to a list, but to initially `create and name the list, you must be using the YouTube app on your phone Rather that selecting Autoplay, which will play “suggested videos” for you, try using “Play All” in your list so that the senior only sees the videos you have added You could setup Tube Premium, so there would be no commercials. In addition to 360-degree videos, there are some very long (2-4 hour) high quality videos that you could add to a list to provide some background scenery that is much better than someone just watching daytime TV as a “background”
@Brian W… thanks for suggesting this forum and @AYL_Brianfor so quickly implementing I'd like to discuss an idea I've had for quite some time but never have implemented. After seeing the tremendous impact music from their era can have on dementia sufferers, including my own wife, I wondered about the impact of being able to experience things when mobility is limited. https://youtu.be/O5z6pm8M_68 https://youtu.be/fyZQf0p73QM I've thought about VR headsets, but every demo I had seen was always "action" type games or some simulated scenery that the individual need to control through handheld controls. Recently I found these 360 degree videos on YouTube that guide you a "live experience" rather then one you control on your own. You still can look around and up & down, but you path is fixed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OarX3jxIdx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKWWhf8RAV8 You can actually try the experience on your smartphone and note that you can look all the way around and up and down. I was wondering of anyone had tried this on seniors, especially those suffering from dementia My goal would be to automate the setup of this so that a senior could just place it on their head and ask Alexa/Google/Bixby to play their desired episode. The current setup requires someone to configure the video for them using the built in controls. Maybe in a group home setting they could all experience it together or even remotely with their family as it is possible to see what they are seeing on a TV Frank