How virtual reality is giving the elderly remarkable end-of-life adventures.
Virtual reality has promised to enrich our future for decades. But it’s only now, in hospices around the world, is the technology seemingly bringing a benefit to society.
It feels, at least in popular culture, that we’ve had decades of false starts for virtual reality. Promised to be the future of entertainment for the masses as far back as the 1950s, it wasn’t until 1991 that Sega released the first consumer virtual reality (VR) gaming headset with the Sega VR1. But it’s only now, nearly 30 years later, that VR is really living up to its promise of transporting users away from their living rooms and into new worlds. Devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have upended the video game industry, allowing gamers to shoot, feel and see places just not possible in real life.