An ambitious team at the University of Tokyo, led by Kento Toshima who has a background as a therapist, has taken it upon itself to make VR travel available to seniors. The utilization of virtual reality within the parameters of this industry is nothing new. However, the direction of implementation is what makes this endeavor worthwhile.
As older generations feel increasingly isolated in the digital world, Toshima and his team attempt to engage them through using VR travel as a medium. Multiple 360-degree videos from around the globe have been condensed and shown to older individuals. The experience is geared toward "helping them find joy and motivation in life," as well as to "satisfy their wanderlust" if they are unable to travel.
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