Multimedia and Alzheimer's
Australia Vic today announced the launch of a Pozible
crowd funding campaign to support the development of The
Forest Project - a video game application designed to improve the
quality of life of people living with dementia through the use of Epic
Games' Unreal Engine 4 technology.
The announcement was made internationally at the annual Game
Developers Conference in San Francisco. The campaign aims to raise
"Unreal Engine 4 is a next-generation video game technology. This is the
same technology behind some of the most visually impressive video games
of recent years," said Norman Wang, Opaque Multimedia director.
Mr Wang said that by supporting this initiative, backers will be helping
to break new ground in the use of virtual sensory therapy for people
"We are calling on the global gaming community to get behind The Forest
Project to demonstrate that video games can add immeasurable value to
"With the community's support we can greatly increase the fidelity, the
types of environment, experiences and will strengthen the emtional
connection - ultimately making a difference to the lives of people
living with dementia," Mr Wang said.
The Forest Project also uses Microsoft's Kinect 2 technology which,
using smart TVs, aims to turn a living room or a lounge in a care centre
into an enchanted space that both stimulates the senses and engages
through interactivity. Currently in development, The Forest Project is
targeted to be released on multiple platforms in early 2015.
The Forest Project will record a number of technological firsts:
The virtual environment is being designed from the ground up
specifically for people with dementia. The Forest Project will provide a
beautiful, calming and highly interactive experience.
"Imagine being able to take a person with dementia out of their everyday
experience and into a virtual environment through which they will
experience awe, wonder, giggles, amazement and joy. Using video game
technology we can do this," said Maree McCabe, CEO, Alzheimer's
Ms McCabe said Alzheimer's Australia Vic is constantly looking out for
the game changers - the innovations that will make a difference to the
quality of life for people living with dementia.
"This first interactive virtual experience we are creating is a forest.
The, possibilities to create, others are boundless such as a beach or
even a seasonal Christmas themed scenario.
"Imagine if we could make this technology available for smart TVs in
aged care and private homes across the globe, for everybody to enjoy.
"Together we can, and in so doing, make a real difference and bring some
fun back into the lives of people living with dementia," said Ms McCabe.
Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia and there is
no cure. In Australia alone there are more than 330,000 people living
with dementia and this number will increase to around 900,000 by 2050.
These figures are mirrored around the world, meaning that statistically
everybody will be impacted in some way by dementia during their lifetime.
To support The Forest Project campaign visit http://pozible.com/virtualforest4dementia.
In Victoria around 78,000 people are living with dementia.
Alzheimer's Australia Vic is the charity representing people with
dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia
information, education and support services.
Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit www.fightdementia.org.au/vic
Twitter - @AlzheimersVic
/ Facebook - Alzheimer's
Opaque Multimedia is a Melbourne-based digital design studio
specialising in the application of video game technologies in novel
For more information visit www.opaquemultimedia.com
Available for interview:
Maree McCabe, CEO, Alzheimer's Australia Vic;
Dr Tanya Petrovich, Business Development Manager, Alzheimer's Australia
Norman Wang, Liam McGuire, James Bonner, Opaque Multimedia Directors
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