Dementia is perhaps one of the most feared diagnoses one can ever receive. The thought of completely forgetting your family member’s faces and to wonder off into a closed-off world is frightening. It is, however, a reality for a lot of people and sometimes medication does not seem to help. For people that are healthy, understanding this diagnosis can be hard to comprehend. But, there is now a way for you to experience dementia in a way that is both realistic and eye-opening.
The technology that allows the wearer to experience dementia is developed by a student of Central Saints Martin named Di Peng. It’s an egg-shaped helmet that you put over your head and thus shut out the outside world. [pullquote]The helmet is connected to a computer that will run a program that will allow you to experience the full force of dementia.[/pullquote]
With the helmet on, any form of communication is a dozy to carry on as the audio of your speech is muted, altered and blurred which makes the whole experience a lot scarier. By the looks of it, the helmet is quite heavy on the wearer’s head, and I am not sure whether this is intentional or just the bulk of the technology itself.
The whole project is meant to make healthy people better understand the different stages of dementia. I have always found this technology fascinating as it allows us to peek into a reality that is not our own. Just watching this video has given me more information about the illness than I previously had. It will, of course, come in handy should I cross paths with someone who has the illness in the future.
Knowledge is essential and can help not only you but a lot of people in out future. Sure, the helmet looks quite funky when worn. However, I suspect the real experience of dementia makes you feel kind of an outsider as well.
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