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@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

 

 

 

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@FrankE I don’t have any data related to this kind of thing, but there are a few brave trips thru famous paintings that may work nicely for what you are doing. Here is one that got a lot of posts on Facebook.  Good luck with this project  

As  side note I pointed Gwendolyn from Wyze towards your website  She was interested in senior smart home tech integrations and I wanted her to learn more about what you do.

 

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Hi Brian,

Thanks for the link and the referral.

I have been playing around with a few VR headsets now and come to conclusion that the type where you put your phone into it is too much of a setup process for my "clients" . I did see a video on where someone was going to try to make this a business where they would go into nursing homes and setup an "event" to handle the setup and demo and charge a monthly fee

https://youtu.be/h4AnJhAYWdQ

I've been searching for a full list of Google Assistant voice commands that you can speak when using YouTube. I'm trying to make this as simple as possible with having the users manage a hand-held " control.

One if my first discoveries is that the videos want to move your head or body around quite a bit for a good view of the surroundings.... 180 degrees! There seems to be no control of the viewing position like there is on a PC where you can adjust the viewing "zero-degree" position. What I mean is the normal view position could have you looking right into the face of the person making the video rather than what they are trying to show you unless you stand up and turn around 180 degrees

 

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I wanted to add a small update as I have been testing both the Oculus Go VR headset on the discontinued 2017 Samsung Gear headset. The Samsung requires the installation of an S series phone and Oculus Go requires a smartphone for setup and if you wat to do casting to see what the senior is seeing.

Both of these require quite a bit of setup before a senior can use them. 

However, the demos you will see of seniors using VR headsets are always in a senior facility or with friends or family member assisting them in setting it up for EACH USE.

 

https://youtu.be/h4AnJhAYWdQ

In fact, several companies have started offering that service to facilities with costs ranging from $150/month per user plus an equipment fee.

https://seniorhousingnews.com/2019/05/20/25-an-hour-to-50k-a-year-what-senior-living-spends-on-virtual-reality/

What I've decided to do while I find out a way to make these headsets work in a "kiosk mode" is to promote the use of 360 degree video playback on Fire TV. I'll write this up in the Alexa section of the forum. https://community.automatelife.net/topic/581-viewing-360-degree-videos-on-fire-tv/

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