To help seniors stuck in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, MyndVR released an iteration of its technology that provided a gateway into the outside world. The spirit-lifting virtual reminiscence therapy was said to reduce anxiety and depression during a time when it’s needed most.
Now, MyndVR is again looking to reach senior communities and older adults isolated at home through a partnership that involves the most powerful biblical adaption in VR ever created.
This is the startup’s bread and butter, as the Dallas-based health and wellness company was founded specifically to bring virtual reality solutions to senior living communities, home healthcare agencies, and adults 55-plus.
In teaming up with HTC VIVE, a virtual reality platform and ecosystem, MyndVR is able to add a new offering to its suite of services: 7 Miracles, an immersive VR adaptation of the seven miracles of Jesus Christ based on the Gospel of John.
The VR version of the film was created by VIVE Studios using photogrammetry and volumetric video capture. In partnership with Panogramma and Film Production Consultants, the companies will be bringing the 360-degree experience to senior living audiences in a storied and stirring way.
The seven-part episodic feature harnesses state-of-the-art VR capture technology to create a 70-minute engaging faith-based adaption. According to a release, it’s the first feature-length cinematic experience from VIVE.
“At VIVE, we believe that VR has the power to greatly impact and affect people’s lives for the better,” Cher Wang, chairwoman of HTC, said in a statement. “By providing [MyndVR] with exclusive rights to distribute 7 Miracles, we are giving them an even greater opportunity to deliver engaging, uplifting content to seniors that allows them to connect with this celebrated story that has been told and retold time and time again.”
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The 7 Miracles deal is an extension of MyndVR’s existing partnership with HTC VIVE.
The Dallas startup is a member of the HTC VIVE X accelerator program, which aims to accelerate the XR ecosystem by providing founders with investment, strategic support, and networked expertise.
MyndVR will add 7 Miracles to its vast library of VR content, which it says is the largest of its kind. The goal is two-fold—there are cognitive health and wellness benefits to using the technology, as well as an entertainment aspect.
Benedictine, one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, is the first to implement 7 Miracles. According to CEO Jerry Carley, it’s so far been a way for residents to connect with The Gospel of John in a genuinely meaningful way.
“This is an especially important time to deliver even more content to our seniors who are socially isolated and distanced from family and friends while COVID-19 continues to spread across the country,” Chris Brickler, CEO of MyndVR, said in a statement. “We look forward to expanding our inclusive, multi-faith catalogue and lifting the spirits of all our seniors to bring them joy during this tough time.”
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