Sincere thanks you to all our partners, clients, users and friends for Sparkling Minds together in 2017. May 2018 bring even more smiles!
Each time the question is the same: will they enjoy the experience? Well, just by counting the number of smiles, we would definitely say YES!
Here are few impressions from the residents of Land van Horne getting their first round in Virtual Reality (used with permission).
They flied in our hot air balloon, visited the grand canyon by boat, played games at the fair and even had their private visit of the Louvre museum. Hearing back that such experiences gave them moments of joy has no price. That’s our mission: we sparkle minds!
Thank you Land van Horne!
The applications of VR in healthcare are growing worldwide and its potential in rehabilitation is not an exception. Below is an article published recently in the Dutch edition of the ICT&Health magazine, addressing the potential of virtual reality for patients and their caregivers in rehabilitation centers.
We are particularly proud since it mentions HumanXR as one of the most advanced startup on the application of VR in healthcare. Here is a translated excerpt. You can read the full article [in Dutch] through the link below.
Even more advanced technology
Technically, much more is possible. Take the Limburg startup HumanXR, which focuses on physical and mental activation using Virtual Reality. This concept goes beyond offering 360 degree images and also adds interaction, and in the future, artificial intelligence.
During the last two days HumanXR, together with Vivantes, has demonstrated the potential of VR for elderly care at the Dutch ‘Waardigheid & Trots’ conference. This conference brings together people and initiatives which are aiming to alleviate the physical and mental issues associated with old age. Caregivers had the chance to experience the HumanXR platform and reacted very enthusiastically to it.
Drs. Tom Brandsma, Adviseur Zorgvernieuwing, said “I believe Virtual Reality (VR) can motivate older adults to perform more physical exercise. In addition VR can offer effective cognitive distractions for people suffering from pain. In my opinion, VR is very promising and could make a great contribution to improve the quality of life in the care for the elderly”.
Other comments we heard:
“A really great experience!”
“I really got the feeling of being away for some time…”
“I believe this will definitely work for elderly people!”
“I am curious how this will impact the behavior of people with dementia.”
“it gives me a very comfortable feeling.”
“Amazing what the possibilities are today for people who need it most.”
At HumanXR we strive to create great virtual experiences for those in need, especially elderly people who can no longer travel as they used to. While many of our experiences are real-time computer generated (synthetic VR) for mental and physical stimulation, we often mix them with video-based and picture-based sources.
For someone experiencing VR for the first time or not being able to fully use the Motion Controllers due to physical limitations, video and picture-based experiences may be easier to deal with.
While there are many sources of 360 videos available out there, it is not easy to find high-quality content at a proper price and with a clear user license agreement. In this landscape, VideoBlocks, together with its sister company AudioBlocks for high quality audio, stands out as one of our favourite go-to services.
For this reason we were particularly pleased and positively surprised to have been mentioned in a recent blog post by VideoBlocks. Here is what they wrote about HumanXR:
Human XR is using VR footage to provide senior citizens with experience that they can no longer have. Imagine the excitement when a bedridden grandmother is able to go on a walk through the forest. Imagine the look on your grandfather’s face when he gets to go back to the city where he proposed to his wife—all through virtual reality. From providing senior citizens with therapeutic experiences to allowing them to relive moments from so long ago, Human XR is using VR for good.
Thank you very much guys for the shout-out! And please keep up with the good job on your high-quality video and audio material.