Turning 103 is a milestone worth celebrating – and Joyce Penfold marked her special day by trialling new virtual reality technology, thanks to the University of Plymouth.
Brought to Tresillian House in Falmouth, the ROVR is a type of virtual reality walker that enables users to visit local landmarks, walk through fields, take in towns and cities and even explore museums.
Joyce enjoyed standing in the sea at Godrevy, Hayle in Cornwall (virtually), where she could see the lighthouse and the waves and water around her. While she is mobile and enjoys assisted living, the technology enables her to visit places which are harder for her to access in real life.
The new technology is being trialled as part of the University’s ongoing research in its Centre for Health Technology, and is made possible by its Generating Older Active Lives Daily (GOALD) project. The team hopes to demonstrate the positive impact that the regular use of VR technology can have for older people on their mobility, strength and balance. They will also gain valuable feedback to aid the development and production of the new technology.