Rraam is a virtual window that connects people who live in an (elderly care) institution with interesting and familiar places. It is a place to visit, to reminisce and talk or to just sit and do nothing, with the pleasant distraction of moving people and things in the background. It provides content for conversation and it is often the go-to place to spend time together or alone. There is no need for additional support from a caregiver to enjoy Rraam. Rraam switches content automatically based on the time of day (morning, middag and evening/night). If you’d like to change what you’re looking at, that’s possible as well. The interface was developed with and for the people who live in a care home and is therefore easy enough to be used by the residents themselves. The interface consists of a single string, attached to the blinders. If you pull it once, you skip to the next video. If you pull it twice, the theme changes from activating to calming content.
Rraams’ video content is filmed in such a way that it is interesting, without being over exciting. There’s something to discover on every cognitive level. Imagine an early morning market, animals or children playing. It mimics looking out an actual window. You can focus on the details that are happening, or you can gaze at the whole.
Every instance of Rraam is unique. The physical surroundings inside the building as well as the local preferences for content are taken into account when setting up Rraam. There is a tight dialogue between us, the staff and the people living in the institution before, during and after we deliver the project.
find out more about Rraam, or read about in Dutch here: http://www.vensterr.nl