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About

VoicingElder is a reminiscence storytelling platform for older adults, using interactive avatars to reflect live speech and gestures. Users act out representations of themselves, significant others, or fictional characters at four developmental stages (child, teenager, adult, elder), shaping and reflecting […]

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Interactive Features

1. Works with the user’s live speech. Parsed voice input animates the avatar’s lips to produce real-time lip synchronization. 2. Random eye movement to simulate a typical human gaze. 3. Real-time head tracking and eyebrow motion. The avatar follows the user’s head […]

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Video

  Team meeting and Discussion at Gayton Terrace Senior Living- Feb  2015 Early development: head tracking and lipsync- May 2015 Demo of Body Interaction and Lip-sync-Sep 2015 Video documentation featured on VCU Front page article http://news.vcu.edu/faculty-and-staff/Virtual_puppets_developed_by_kinetic_imaging_professor_help_older    

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Images

GRAPHICS: EMOTIONAL BACKGROUND PHOTOS: ACTIVITY AT SENIOR CENTER   AVATARS        

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Therapeutic Aspects

VoicingElder system is an innovative integration of multiple therapeutic traditions: therapeutic puppetry, drama therapy, person-centered therapy, and reminiscent therapy, via 21st century interactive technology. VoicingElder is a unique avatar therapy platform following the principles of patient-centered therapy developed by humanist […]

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Exhibition Format

VoicingElder has many facets, and its exhibition can be approached from diverse perspectives: sociology, psychology, philosophy, gerontology, performing art, inter-generational communications, sustainability, global well-being and technology (artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, augmented reality). VoicingElder can also explore issues of […]

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Objectives

1. Help to elicit older adults’ unique and emotionally rich life stories . VoicingElder provides a platform to develop and present seniors’ unique life stories with emotion. This innovative technology supports the life-review process by providing diverse avatars animated through […]

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Background and Significance

Elderhood and The Arts: In the United States and elsewhere, we are being challenged to develop a whole new phase of life called “elderhood.” Today, millions of people can expect to live 25 or more years in relatively good health […]

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Research Design

Semi Ryu is partnering with VCU gerontology faculty, Dr. Tracey Gendron, in order to collect qualitative data that tracks the older adult user’s transformation and the impact of VoicingElder on Quality of Life for seniors. Procedure Ten older adult participants […]

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Team Member

Semi Ryu, Director of VocingElder, Founder of CoPuppet Associate Professor, Department of Kinetic Imaging, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA   Project Advisors: Dr. Tracey Gendron (Gerontology, Evaluation)- Assistant Professor, Department of Gerontology, School of Allied Health […]