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VR analgesic gallery

VR eases suffering from a fever through a winter landscape—you both travel through an outdoor gallery of your favorite images and memories.

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Virtual reality can help ease suffering—fever eased by cold, wintery scenes.  By this logic, artists and programmers could design a suite of immersive scenes (chills-a cozy cabin with a crackling fire; pain/distress—a soothing stream in the woods; anxiety—the gentle waves of the ocean lapping the sandy shore, etc.) that populate with a personalized gallery of selected images and audio. Together, a person suffering in their final days and their loved one can virtually traverse the analgesic environment and encounter favorite images, songs, and videos—sparking reflection, conversation and memories.  The project is focused on easing suffering and helping stimulate important moments of connection between the suffering individual and their loved ones.  It is both a virtual escape and something deeply personal and individual.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

VR opens up an incredible range of possibilities—especially for an individual with limited mobility. I am sure there are more possibilities to explore and consider and I look forward to hearing other ideas.

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I have worked in a university lab focused on VR and healthcare. My training is in ethnography.

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VR Analgesic Gallery

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Photo of Jim Rosenberg

Really interesting thought. I read recently about Microsoft's experiments with augmented reality as well, bringing a "hologram" of another person, in real time, into your space ( http://www.gizmag.com/microsoft-holoportation-hololens-virtual-reality-hologram/42501/). You could imagine combining the two experiences to ease suffering and isolation.

Photo of Carrie Roy

Thanks so much Jim.  Your suggestion would be particularly useful for bringing the virtual presence of a loved one who may not be able to physically be present.  Can you (or anyone else out there) think of facilities/organizations who could support a network of VR access/communication for this purpose?

Photo of Shane Zhao

Nice thought-starter Carrie! The Ideas phase of this challenge will start in a couple weeks. We'd love for you to check back in with this when the Ideas phase starts.