March 11, 2022 – MyndVR, a provider of virtual reality (VR) solutions for senior care, has recently announced a strategic partnership with HTC VIVE to bring a new innovation into the growing VR healthcare market with the introduction of ‘MyndConnect’.
MyndConnect is a communication platform intended to improve the lives of seniors by virtually connecting them with remote family members and friends in the metaverse. MyndConnect is specifically designed for an array of senior living settings leveraging the new, extra-lightweight VIVE Flow immersive glasses from HTC VIVE.
“The pandemic really increased awareness – across all ages – of the isolation already felt by many older adults,” said Chris Brickler, CEO and co-founder of MyndVR. “We are excited to launch this next-generation communication platform to help overcome this isolation and allow family members across the globe to share real-time Virtual Reality experiences together.”
HTC VIVE’s expanding product line, which includes the VIVE Flow and VIVE Focus 3 devices, is well suited for MyndVR’s portfolio of senior-friendly therapeutic VR experiences, according to the company. The two companies have been working together for several years, and HTC is an early investor in MyndVR.
Cher Wang, co-founder and Chairwoman at HTC, stated: “We are so excited to partner with MyndVR on this new solution, which is a perfect fit for the VIVE Flow and VIVE Focus 3. We specifically designed VIVE Flow not only for entertainment, but also for mental health and wellness, with a form factor that’s approachable and comfortable – including for older adults who might be using VR for the first time in their life.”
Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Walter Greenleaf, an expert in virtual reality and digital health technology at Stanford University, said: “We know from decades of clinical research that VR technology can provide breakthrough solutions that address the most challenging problems in Senior Care – including chronic pain, mobility problems, anxiety and depression, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease, and memory problems. Today’s announcement reflects the progress that has been made translating basic clinical research into products for Senior Care that are relevant, affordable, and address the problem of isolation and loneliness.”
MyndVR states that it serves several hundred senior communities and skilled nursing facilities across 45 states in the US, as well as in Canada and Australia, and is available for seniors aging in place.
MyndVR will be exhibiting its MyndConnect invention this week at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The company’s CEO, Chris Brickler, will also be appearing on a panel at SXSW along with Dr. Greenleaf. For more information on MyndVR and its therapeutic VR solutions for senior care, please visit the company’s website.
Image / video credit: MyndVR / YouTube
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