Telefonica and Meta team up to improve VR access for seniors

Telefónica and Meta have joined forces to collaborate and improve access to mixed reality for the elderly through the Fundación Telefónica project.Reconnected, the technology is old’ (linked, the technology is ageless). This strategic alliance aims to improve access and participation for the elderly through workshops on the use of immersive and metaverse technologies.

The initiative aims to provide accessible and personalized mixed reality experiences that promote connection, entertainment and learning. In this context, Telefónica and Meta worked closely to deliver accessible mixed reality content through MetaQuest 3 devices, which are easy to use and adapted to the needs of the elderly. To this end, accessibility features such as voice assistance and communication have been incorporated to improve the experience for people with low vision or motor problems.

Mixed reality content is carefully selected for these face-to-face workshops, keeping in mind accessibility for seniors. They include digital skills ranging from visits to virtual artworks, leisure activities and digital social interactions to cognitive development experiences, all available. Movistar is an immersive experience The Application is a place in Metaverse where you can share, discover, access new audiovisual content, play games or learn about Telefónica products and services.

Telefónica and Meta Fundación have supported Telefónica’s 'RECONECTADOS, la tecnología no tiene edad’ project, as they agree with the aim of using digital skills as a bridge between the experience of the elderly and the new technological environment. RECONECTADOS is a comprehensive and free program to promote digital literacy among the elderly, which includes online training, training resources for their immediate environment and face-to-face training workshops held every Thursday at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid.

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Jose Luis Zimmerman, director of public affairs at META, comments: “Our goal at META is to enable everyone to benefit from deep technologies. It is important to us. That is why we are happy to support this project with Telefónica, which focuses on people who are not familiar with these new technologies, so that they can be part of this future that already exists and live the experiences that otherwise would. Impossible”.

Sema Alonso, Chief Digital Officer of Telefónica, said: “Telefónica has always been committed to ensuring access to technology to deliver the best experience for all users. Through this collaboration, we want to continue this commitment by making it easier for seniors to fully immerse themselves in virtual reality so they can benefit from all it has to offer and stay connected to the ever-evolving digital world.

This collaboration builds on the partnership announced last year, with both companies committing to expand and jointly explore new ways to innovate on connectivity and technology in MetaWare, leveraging the maker community to create new use cases.

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