Augmented and virtual reality are setting out to accomplish a lot of things. They provide entertainment. Social VR helps us connect to others. Both could be a boon for manufacturing, health, and the enterprise.
But one group of young people is using VR for something different — therapy. Gamers Gift is a nonprofit that brings VR to hospitals and assisted living facilities, giving patients a chance to try out virtual reality for what might be the first time. Cofounder and CEO Dillon Hill says he started it because he wasn’t happy with more standard volunteering opportunities.
“It was just frustrating that the volunteer time I was spending — it felt kind of meaningless. Like, in a hospital we were just doing paperwork instead of actually helping patients,” he told our Stephanie Chan.
It’s encouraging to see that, as folks are making Star Wars VR experiences for Disneyland and investing in other commercial experiences, others remember that social VR can go beyond just virtual meeting places and bring people together to heal.
And if you can spare a dime, log into Twitch, watch Gamers Gift’s channel, and donate.
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—Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor
P.S. It’s time to steal stuff in VR! Can Jeff be sneaky in a virtual world? He sure as heck can’t in the real one!
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