The Isle of Wight college is proud to be involved in the Erasmus+ European funded We Tomorrow project which looks at how virtual reality (VR) may be used to aid memory loss in sufferers in the early stages of dementia.
The partners in this project are:
- STUCOM Spain
- Graphistes De L’Ombre France
- Da Vinci College Netherlands
- Lounais Hämeen College, Finland
- Danmar Computers LLC, Poland
The aim is to create software which can be used in VR glasses to provide viewers with images from their past which will trigger memories. In doing so, the project encourages inter-generational activity.
Stage one was a project meeting in Castelldefels near Barcelona in October 2018 to introduce the project to the partners and discuss how to implement it.
Paul McKillop, curriculum Leader for IT at the college and Pat Suttmann the International Manager attended the meeting and came back inspired to contact AGE UK Isle of Wight to involve them in the project. They were keen for our IT students to meet members of their memory groups and work together with them.
10 of our students visited on three occasions and memory group members were asked to bring photos which triggered happy memories for them. The students then assimilated these photos into a powerpoint presentation.
A second project meeting took place in March 2019 on the Isle of Wight. Project coordinators had the opportunity to visit Age UK Isle of Wight and find out more about their memory groups and other work they are carrying out to help elderly people live more independently.
It also launched the competition for students to design the outside of the VR glasses which will be produced at the end of the project.
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To complete year one of the project Paul and Pat attended a training session in Castelldefels where they learnt how to use Unity 3D software to convert the students’ powerpoints into uploadable VR materials for the glasses.
We visited a centre in Barcelona which works with people with early onset dementia, ITD (Centre De Serveis per Gent Gran).
Later we were able to try out our newly created VR glasses on the grandparents of one of the students involved in the project at STUCOM and observe their reaction.
We now look forward to bringing our project to fruition next year and launching the product. In May two of our students will be chosen to attend training in France in disseminating the product and a series of launch events will follow.