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Virtual Reality in Sun City West

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Top photo: General Services Officer Katy O’Grady works with Assistant Librarian Audrey Ellis on set up and maneuvering through a virtual reality program.

 

The Association’s IT department and Library are teaming up to offer virtual reality experiences to some of the Association’s less able-bodied members. “We wanted to find a way to reach out to some of our members who can’t participate in some of our usual Rec Centers’ activities due to physical or mobility issues. Virtual reality is a unique way to do that,” said O’Grady.

Reservations are required as class sizes are limited. Do not let physical limitations inhibit you from signing up! In fact, we are hoping to first reach residents who are unable to participate in other Sun City West activities, before expanding this program to the community at large.

We are currently offering three Virtual Reality sessions at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23 in the library. Register by calling 623-544-6130. People who are no longer as physically active as they once were are sure to find Virtual Reality to be a new activity that they can enjoy.

 

Bottom photo: Library Director Jane Kauzlaric takes the virtual reality headset for a spin.

  1. Barbara Young says:

    My son can’t walk or talk after a bad auto accident and a tramatic brain injury. I would like to try it out to see if this is something we want to invest in for him.

  2. Multimedia says:

    Hi Barbara, your situation sounds like just what we’re looking for. Stop by the library soon to sign up as we expect the slots to fill up quickly.

  3. Sharon Clayton says:

    Good for you! It’s nice to know that you are looking out for all of us, not just the active younger and healthier people among us. Although I have to admit I might be just a little jealous. But I’ll wait my turn and hope the first people to try VR will have a ball!

  4. Bonnie Williams says:

    What type of VR experiences will be available? Can you provide a few examples. Are these games, roller coaster rides, driving a racing car, etc.?

  5. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Bonnie, to start with, due to time constraints, it will be more experiential rather than interactive. Experiences like visiting an ocean reef; revisiting Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941; enjoying a close encounter with a blue whale; and exploring a magical shop in another world. If time allows, we have a program that allows patrons to paint in 3D. As we get further into this, we may try more interactive programs, but we do not intend to try the intense experiences (roller coasters, race cars) at this time. The ones we have chosen are gentle experiences, but offer plenty of excitement because of the nature of VR.

  6. RCSCW PR says:

    Thanks for understanding Sharon. We hope to expand it to everyone at some point, but for now we want to limit the audience to those who aren’t quite as able to use our other amenities/activities.

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