VR.ABLE IS A VR TRAINING TOOL FOR PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS
vr.able aims to help the people in wheelchairs overcome the challenges of their situation. It lets the user build experiences and adjust it’s difficulty virtually, but to experience it physically.
Whether it is from birth or at a later period in life, there’s always a first time for facing the challenges of being in a wheelchair. With vr.able people with disabilities can prepare themselves before the moment comes or before going back to the social life. They can do it at their own pace, in a private space, without the fear of failure.
Users will be able to choose one of the presets or build a virtual experience for themselves. There will be options like curves, corners, and obstacles like buildings, furniture, slopes and slanted surfaces to adjust the level of difficulty. The technology is a stationary wheelchair on a treadmill rigged as a controller and the experience accompanied by visuals in a VR headset.
Although feeling sympathy for the challenges that disabled people experience is a good start, it doesn’t offer any solutions apart from the relief it gives to the person feeling it. So it becomes more crucial to establish empathy rather than sympathy. vr.able also aims to explore the experiences of people in wheelchairs and help able-bodied people learn to empathize with wheelchair users.
It can be used in places like hospitals and clinics for training or museums and schools for educational purposes as well.