VirtuCare is a form of virtual reality therapy developed by Tribemix in conjunction with the care group QuantumCare, a company formed in 2014 by a former game developer. Their product stands out as, according to their website, ‘unlike all of the other VR healthcare applications, our project is created exclusively in real-time 3D’ (VirtuCare, 2017).
It focuses on providing a variety of experiences for patients to use, and the VirtuCare package comes with a laptop ready for VR, an Oculus Rift, 12 virtual reality scenes, training and technical support, meaning carers who are inexperienced will be given the support and training they need to integrate this form of therapy into their patients’ lives.
The product itself contains multiple VR scenes, and comes with cards that carers can use to interact with their patients whilst the patient is in the experience. One specific way their product has helped overcome illness-related challenges is through ‘increasing patient appetites with a VR experience that includes a table of delicious food’, using the virtual food to encourage them to eat in the real world.
A video demonstrating the reaction to VirtuCare can be found on this BreakingNews article, and another is linked below.
As it utilises existing VR technology in the form of the Oculus Rift, VirtuCare is a lot more similar to what my solution will be – an application designed to help dementia patients through a virtual experience. Where VirtuCare is lacking, though, is in versatility: as of May 2017, it only features 12 scenes, and has limited ways for carers to interact.
2017. VirtuCare. [Online]. [24 May 2017]. Available from: http://www.virtu.care/