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Dementia First Hand

VR Experience

VR allows users to gain experience of situations that may be unfamiliar. Dementia First Hand (Yn Fy Nwylo I) is a groundbreaking bilingual resource to educate people about and raise awareness of dementia.

Dementia First Hand
(Yn Fy Nwylo I)

Dementia is a largely hidden condition affecting many of us as we grow older, with friends and family supporting unconditionally.
There is a lack of understanding and provision within the wider community. Often, people feel that the care available is for people who are older and less healthy than them.

Importance of the Welsh Language

People want to talk about things that are personal or challenging in their first language – and Welsh may be the only language that someone has. For the Welsh language to maintain it’s credibility, it needs to be current.

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We created a fully interactive experience allowing you to pickup objects with your virtual hands. The photorealistic immersive 3D environments feel just like being there. We opted for this route rather than 360 degree video to give us full control over the user experience.

A male or female voice over in English or Welsh acts as your internal monologue. This inner voice describes your anxiety with the world around you and acts as the trigger for completing the tasks in each of the scenarios to drive the narrative forward.

There are moments of confusion and sadness as we go on a journey through some of the more difficult issues with dementia.

One of the scenarios required a ‘conversation’ with another person – but a 3D model of a person was going to feel out of place. Instead, we built a custom dual camera rig to film 3D stereoscopic footage of an actress in our green screen studio. This footage could then be dropped into our virtual world with the same impression of depth as a regular 3D object.

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Dementia First Hand has been built for Oculus Rift headsets

The project was commissioned by Gwynedd Council and funded by the Welsh Government Cymraeg 2050 scheme and Arloesi Gwynedd

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