A few years ago director Michael Rossato-Bennett and Music and
Memory’s Dan Cohen started to explore the effects music had on
people with Alzheimer’s disease. As documented in 2014’s Alive
Inside, they began to see patients become more expressive and
joyful through use of this long-established medium.
MyndVR co-founder Chris Brickler was particularly struck by the
documentary. “I got to thinking,” he says, “Wow, virtual
reality could do that at an order of magnitude.”
Brickler and co-founder Shawn Wiora are now trying to do just
Though still in its early stages, MyndVR has big ambitions.
Brickler, who has previously worked for Verizon and British
Telecomm, sees these beginnings turning into a Netflix-like
service of medical grade experiences that will help elderly
people with various conditions. Imagine different content that
could elicit more emotions, or help calm you in times of need,
or even let you see more clearly.
“I think one of the things that was interesting to me about VR
was not trying to satisfy the twenty three year old gamer,”
Brickler tells me over the phone. “We would actually try to
create a healing health care solution with this technology that
would actually serve the good of all of humankind.”
But there’s a long way to go before MyndVR gets to that stage,
and Brickler is very…