Iain Gray MSP has visited East Linton-based social enterprise Viarama, Scotland’s first virtual reality (VR) company and the world’s first social enterprise working in VR, to find out more about its work.
Viarama founder Billy Agnew uses the cutting-edge VR technology as a force for good within communities across Scotland, with a strong focus on improving quality of life for people of all ages.
He has been taking his equipment into schools, nursing homes, hospices, hospitals and respite centres with the aim of using it to help enhance learning, aid quality of life and help deliver training and employment in the process.
The social enterprise is located at the Mart in East Linton, where the public can visit and try out the powerful technology for themselves.
Speaking after his visit, Iain Gray MSP said:
“I enjoyed the opportunity to visit Viarama and find out more about the VR technology and how it can be used for the good of local communities and individuals. Billy gave me a demonstration of his state-of-the-art VR equipment which enabled me to experience being at the bottom of the ocean and at the peak of Mt Fuji in a matter of minutes!
“It is a truly immersive experience and I can certainly see the potential benefits of using the technology with the audiences he is targeting. In fact, I know from a friend’s experience how powerful the service Viarama provides can be for those facing terminal illness.
“It’s great to have such an innovative enterprise based here in East Lothian and I wish Billy well with developing the company.”
Billy Agnew from Viarama said:
“I was very happy to welcome Iain to Viarama and let him try the world’s best virtual reality. Iain’s enthusiasm and support are very welcome indeed, and we will use this support to continue to use VR to benefit schoolchildren, senior citizens, and young people in the local area and beyond”.
Find out more at www.viarama.co.uk