TRAVEL WITHOUT TRAVEL FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED

The whole concept of travel without travel is also extremely relevant to people whom physically cannot travel. People with special needs and the elderly could benefit from these technologies significantly, as although they may not be able to see the world in real life, they can use these methods to experience them on a different level. Elderly people often suffer from vision deficiencies, hearing limitations, motor impairments and slight deterioration of their cognitive skills (Kamieth et al 2011). Research has shown that VR technologies would benefit the elderly by offering them possibilities to perform tasks and experience situations that they may have been limited to before. This is also the case for those with special needs. Breaking through the barriers of travel and giving them a realistic experience that is freakishly similar to the real thing.

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The main advantage of VR is the possibility to create realistic environments, allowing the user to feel immersed in a virtual scenario that mimics a natural and real life environment. The possibility for this technology to benefit the elderly and people with special needs is exciting. Although it will never quite be as good as the real thing, the idea that one can experience the world from their home is something that is both terrifying and exhilarating.

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