The Central Missouri Honor Flight is offering a VR service called Honor Everywhere 360. They are a charity that aids terminally ill veterans in attending their memorials in Washington DC. This new service they are offering now enables even the veterans that are physically unable to travel to visit the memorials. For that reason, they have filmed Veterans Day celebrations at three important memorials, for other veterans to experience at any time, without the need to travel there. It is a VR Veterans Experience.
Also, Google has worked to enable Veterans unable to travel the opportunity to participate in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade by supplying them with Cardboards and showing a recording of the parade. Their VR Veterans Experience was developed as part of the #UnitedWeMarch campaign that sprung from their Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities.
This provides a wonderful practice example of the benefit of accessibility that VR provides. We have already written about it previously here. VR can enable people that are normally unable to travel and give them the opportunity to still ‘go out’ and explore what the world has to offer. While we can definitely imagine several use cases for this, we are currently talking to tourism stakeholders about the feasibility of making attractions, destinations and events specifically accessible in VR for persons unable to travel. As soon as we have results, we will share them with you.