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Virtual Reality Helps Japan’s Elderly Travel The World

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Traveling from the canals of Venice to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a group of elderly people in Japan is seeing the world — without even leaving their seats.
It’s all thanks to virtual reality, as well as a team at the University of Tokyo led by Kenta Toshima.
As a therapist, Toshima traveled the globe capturing 360-degree videos to show his senior patients. His aim was to help them find joy and motivation in life, using VR technology to allow those who are unable to travel satisfy their wanderlust and see the world again.

“They wanted to see even more of the places from their memories, therefore I felt that I could show them more by using virtual reality and showing them [these places] in 360,” he tells CNN Travel. “With VR, they can look around however they’d like to and experience the footage actively.”