Grandma With Poor Sight Visits VR Parlor, Cries Tears Of Joy

November 23, 2018

An employee at a VR parlor in Minneapolis shared a touching story about an elderly guest with poor vision who stopped in to experience VR for the first time.

"VR is really for everyone," Joel, a concierge at REM5, said. "But it's magical for elders."

elderly woman poor eyesight VR first time
Credit: Joel / REM5

This is what Joel wrote:

"Last night we had a 93 year old guest! When she came in she said she couldn't see much, only in her peripheral vision. We put a chair in the pod for her to sit on. She swam with the dolphins, and said 'Wowie, it's just so beautiful. I want this over my headboard.'

Turns out she could see in VR.

Then she experienced Google Earth for 45 minutes. Mostly street view of past homes, homes of loved ones. She directed us to where to 'drive around' (click) and gave us the history of the neighborhood.

'When I was a girl, that house on the corner was a brothel.'

Then, we went to Paris where she stared up at the Eiffel Tower completely frozen for two whole minutes.

Afterwards her daughter came back and said that at dinner her grandma cried saying, 'I haven't seen colors like that in years'."

Thank you, Joel, for bringing the world to her.

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