Two Lubin graduates, Chuk Ezuma and Rikin Gajjar, have developed the wearable M3 metaverse glass concept to cater to US aging population care services via the metaverse.
M3 is a traditional eyeglasses-like wearable product that allows health professionals like medical doctors to provide services for these demographics. With the product, a patient does not necessarily have to physically visit the hospital as the individual — after logging into Zoom or Microsoft Teams — is attended to by an M3-wearing medical practitioner who communicates with the patient while accessing all necessary medical records.
M3 is unlike the usual VR headset
Per Pace University, the M3’s design is unlike the usual virtual reality headset. The prototype is said to be very much like an eyeglass. The developers believe that their novel approach would give them a competitive edge over rivals in the market.
Speaking on the product, Gajjar said:
“We want to save nurses time. Plus, older patients might not be able to drive, or getting to a hospital could be a headache. That’s our mission—save time and provide the best care.”
M3 was presented at a technology competition with participants from various schools like the University of Maryland, Columbia Business School, etc.
Experts urge for more senior citizens-focused metaverse products
While it seems the metaverse might be limited to young adults, senior citizens can also utilize it for healthcare purposes. Senior citizens can use the metaverse to access medical services and even attend therapy sessions. The metaverse can deliver virtual medical consultation services using advanced technology.
Based on the above, several experts believe that the metaverse could change how senior citizens get medical attention and quality healthcare services. This is why many of them are urging businesses in the metaverse to create more products that cater to the needs of the elderly.
The CEO of Rendever, Kyle Rand, said senior citizens’ love for the metaverse is “growing and tangible.” According to Rand, businesses in the healthcare industry could tap into the numerous opportunities the metaverse provides by developing an age-inclusive technology.
“The future of aging depends on products and technologies that deliver and motivate older users to jump in again and again.”
Rand said these businesses could build products around travel experiences, fitness, community building, and even family connection for senior citizens. The CEO believes this move would be lucrative for these businesses and boost rapid adoption of metaverse technologies considering older adults spend over $8 trillion each year.
An article by Christos Tsagjkaris and others argued that healthcare professionals must call for an elderly-inclusive virtual environment that provides a safe and enriching user experience.
Countries tap metaverse for better healthcare services
The metaverse has revolutionized several industries, including the health space. Recently, several countries have made strides toward embracing the area.
Over the years, experts have discovered that the metaverse could be handy in providing telemedicine services and record storage services via the blockchain. Through the metaverse, medical practitioners can assess their patients while providing other healthcare services.