VREP Launch!

We are delighted to announce the launch of VREP yesterday – an innovative new virtual reality device which will help architects and designers create dementia friendly buildings and spaces.

The Virtual Reality Empathy Platform (VR-EP) allows users to better understand how dementia can impact a person’s vision. It comprises a laptop with high performance graphic and memory capability, VR goggles, a games controller, camera and bespoke software programming.

David Burgher, director at Aitken Turnbull Architects, is behind the idea developing it in collaboration with Glasgow CGI company Wireframe Immersive and experts at the Dementia Centre, HammondCare. The Dementia Centre, a world leader in dementia support, care and design, provided the evidence-based research and academic rigour to this product. Wireframe Immersive has developed the virtual environment and will supply the software and hardware.

“The introduction of this unique VR-EP technology takes this insight to the another level – giving building designers first-hand experience of how dementia affects vision so that we can design spaces that are far better suited to people living with the condition. As well as reducing anxiety, the improved design offers a better, safer and more independent quality of life. Dementia-friendly design doesn’t have to cost more. In fact, by using VR-EP, designers will get it right first time and therefore reduce costs.”

The device can be used in the design of new buildings such as care homes, hospitals or sheltered housing, and also has the potential to assess existing buildings and environments. Dementia-friendly design can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with the condition.

It’s been a great process so far and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team for their involvement. In particular thank you to Professor Mary Marshall and the team at HammondCare, Kevin Gordon and the Wireframe Immersive team, David and the AT team, Scottish Enterprise and Perceptive Communicators.

We are looking forward to seeing this develop and are keen to talk to anyone who is interested.