Experience dementia with ground-breaking VR

Dementia First Hand branding

Caernarfon, Jan 31, 2019 (Issuewire.com) – A virtual reality (VR) experience which allows users to understand how it feels to be living with dementia in English and Welsh – Dementia First Hand (Yn Fy Nwylo I) is available now for free in the Oculus Rift Store. 

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Scenarios available in the app include simple tasks around the home, such as making a cup of tea in the kitchen and looking for your car keys; a voice through the headset speaks to you in the same way a person with dementia may think e.g. telling you to put an electric kettle on the hob, in order to demonstrate the confusion dementia patients feel.

Derick Murdoch, Creative Director at creative agency Galactig explains This is a groundbreaking use of VR technology to teach soft skills in Welsh and English. We have created an experience which allows you to interact with everyday objects using virtual hands which aid users in fully immersing themselves in the narrative. 

The experience aims to be as realistic as possible, so users can have an increased level of awareness and understanding about those who are living with the disease. Galactig has also blended photorealistic 3D environments with a real actor filmed using a custom stereoscopic camera rig.

As part of a Gwynedd Council funded Dementia Friends initiative, the VR experience has been used at dementia workshops since July 2018. It is already having a positive impact on the local community, with users having emotional responses to the content.

Project leader Meilys Heulfryn Smith explains why its particularly important for this programme to be in the Welsh language: When a person develops dementia, they may often lose the ability to communicate in their second language. This technology paints a poignant picture of this experience, immersing the user in a situation where they recognize the need for actions to manage the task, and the words associated with those actions, but are simply not able to retrieve them. 

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This very real frustration is felt by thousands of people in Wales each day, and we hope that the VR experience will increase awareness and understanding of the challenges this disease brings.

 Dementia is a difficult and sensitive subject for many families across Wales, and this project gives family members the chance to handle this as an issue in Welsh as being able to use your first language during a difficult time is often comforting.

Funded by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig and the Welsh Governments Cymraeg 2050 Grant, the project was led by Gwynedd Council and created with bespoke creative agency Galactig. Its also partly funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Gwynedd Council.

The Cymraeg 2050 Grant is a key element of the Welsh language strategy, Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh speakers. It has provided funds to innovative, short-term projects which aim to increase peoples daily use of the language and to promote technology which supports the use of Welsh.

Minister for the Welsh Language and Lifelong learning Eluned Morgan commented, This project is imperative for those in the local community of Gwynedd to understand, in their first language, what their loved ones and members of their community who have dementia are experiencing.

Its important that such a sensitive issue can be explored in their first language and this important project helps this cause hugely.

For further information please contact :

Derick Murdoch: [email protected] or 01286 675 722 

Store link : www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2496339380383114

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Video available : vimeo.com/313177370/37b89be4d4

Company link : galactig.com

Dementia First Hand kitchen scenarioDementia First Hand lounge scenarioDerick Murdoch Creative Director GalactigDementia First Hand stakeholders branding

Media Contact

Derick Murdoch

[email protected]

+44 1286 675 722

Galactig, Rondo Media, Cibyn, Lon Cae Ffynnon, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD

http://galactig.com

Source :Galactig

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