The EchoAR Platform

Delivers immersive augmented reality training experiences

People are the foundation of operational excellence in organizations and the vessels through which vital services are delivered every day. 

The digital age and modern workforce demographics have created a demand for experiential learning. Augmented reality provides a medium for knowledge transfer that is efficient, lasting, and impactful. The EchoAR Platform provides an immersive virtual environment for simulating conditions that have an altered sensory experience. From the decline in focus and visual perception characterizing dementia, to the disorientation in combat after the detonation of an explosive device, the specific use-cases are boundless.

This immersion has proven to improve comprehension, knowledge retention, and efficacy, resulting in more impactful and faster learning. The EchoAR Platform is the future of training for students and professionals.

USER EXPERIENCE

Why are EchoAR Experiences so impactful?

EchoAR Experiences give the user an immersive encounter that fosters a genuine connection with the selected condition. Users that experience EchoAR Dementia often become tearful when reflecting on their session and thinking about people in their life who have struggled with this condition.
Augmented reality (AR) is a view of the physical, real-world environment whose elements are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information (such as visual imagery). AR can be used to provide perceptually enriched experiences or to distort reality through changing attributes that would normally be easy to perceive, such as distance, time, and language. EchoAR Experiences change the trainee’s perception so that they experience similar functional challenges to people who have the selected condition, such as dementia.

USER preparation

EchoAR Dementia Experience

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. Declines in navigation and orientation skills are among the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. Other symptoms of dementia include:

memory loss

depression

impaired communication

disorientation

confusion

difficulty walking

Hear From Our Clients

We implemented this training last year at all five Beaumont Long Term Facilities. It was so well received that every Administrator and Director of Nursing asked us to return to repeat the in-services.

It was shocking to experience firsthand how the staff reacted to the Augmented Reality Dementia Simulator. It was such an emotional experience to walk in the footsteps of a patient that actually has Dementia with compounding factors of hearing loss and significant visual impairments. Staff ranged from crying, to becoming agitated, to wandering, to shutting down, to giggling inappropriately and all with varying levels of response.

Staff went out of their way to thank everyone on the team for their experience. It made a huge difference in their perception and I believe impacted their caregiver techniques in a very positive manner. I had staff who have worked as caregivers with the geriatric population for decades that would make such poignant statements. Staff told me “no wonder my patient is doing this behavior”, “I can’t believe this is what they have to deal with every day” and “for the first time I know how to help my patients better” and “I wish I would have done this years ago.”

Professional staff as well as caregivers were highly impacted by the in-service and many made comments regarding the Simulator being there best in-service in years.

I highly recommend that everyone in every caring profession have the opportunity to experience and benefit from the intensity of the experience that the Augmented Reality Dementia Simulator has to offer.

Anne Carroll, LMSW Corporate Director of Social Work and Compliance Officer, Premier Health Care, Beaumont Affiliate

The impact of the ARDS (Augmented Reality Dementia Simulator) was amazing! We trained staff in multiple medical facilities and both the staff and administration couldn’t say enough on how it has changed their perspective and the way they work with their patients! This empathic dementia training is a valuable tool for anyone who encounters or cares for this population.

This new technology really assists the participant In putting themselves in the shoes of a person with a dementia diagnosis. When you have a glimpse of what someone is going through it makes you better equipped to assist the people that you are caring for!

Libby Carpenter, Social Worker, CNS Homecare and Hospice

It is as close as possible to living in a world with Dementia. It is the most compelling thing that I’ve ever experienced. It was like seeing me becoming a Dementia person, almost instantly. I highly recommend the Augmented Reality Dementia simulators for all caregivers, students, medical staff and families coping with a loved one that has Dementia.

Stacy Grover Patient Care Coordinator The Care Team Home Health and Hospice

This was the most impactful training I’ve experienced. We’ve put over one hundred and eighty frontline caregivers through the Augmented Reality Dementia Simulator over the past two years. The response was shocking. I truly believe everyone on our team benefited from this training.. everyone. We’ve integrated this training into our new hire process. This training sets our organization apart in a very competitive marketplace. We’ve also had tremendous success using this training with our referral sources as a business development tool. Everyone, at every skill level, who interact with patients suffering from dementia can benefit from this experience.

Charlisa Stalinski-Reblin, RN Director of Operations Balanced Home Care

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