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Exploring the Design of Social VR Experiences with Older Adults

Steven Baker, Jenny Waycott, romina Carrasco, Thuong Hoang, frank Vetere

Designing Interactive Systems | ACM | Published : 2019

Abstract

There is growing interest in technologies that allow older adults to socialise across geographic boundaries. An emerging technol- ogy in this space is social virtual reality (VR). In this paper we report on a series of participatory design workshops that involved extended in-depth collaboration with 22 older adults (aged 70-81), that aimed to understand their views on the types of social VR experiences that they saw as being of value to older adults. This process culminated in a reminiscence-based social VR concept. Our study identifies: participants’ ideas about the types of social VR experiences they found appealing; the potential for social VR as a powerful reminiscence tool; how social V..

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