In Brief

This exoskeleton simulates adding 40 years to your life and helps build empathy for seniors

Virtual reality is often described as a vehicle for empathy, but this notion is taken to its limits with the new R70i Aging Suit which lets you experience the physical effects of aging. The suit weights around 40 pounds, making your arms and legs feel stiff and heavy, and the exoskeleton, VR headset and headphones can further recreate some common age-related conditions.

The experience is divided into three section that alter participants’ sight, hearing and motor functions respectively. The camera installed on the top of the helmet streams the images directly to the VR headset, altering the visuals accordingly to the condition—general blurriness for cataracts, darkened edges for glaucoma and image distortion for macular degeneration.

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