VayaV is all about meeting friends, making new friends, friends who also are providers of services
and advice, friends who are experts on issues relevant to you. Sometimes the ties are weak,
sometimes strong; they change with time and circumstances. But we really need them, especially
when you get older and lose friends and the ability to make new ones. They are called social
networks but what they are is nothing new: friends, family, acquaintances that you can depend on and
they can depend on you.
Since 2003 the world has seen the astonishing quick rise of virtual social networks. Millions of users
joined them, but only a small percentage of those are senior citizens. Roughly speaking the analyses
tell us that the relatively successful areas where the senior citizens are active are the ones that are
closest to their ‘lifestyle’, their everyday experiences: email (reminding us of writing letters), search
engines (looking up facts) and the subject of VayaV: the virtual 3D environment (closest to meeting
and making friends in the real world).
Email and search engines are already flooding the market. The 3D environment to meet people
almost as in the physical world has been ignored until now. The only examples are Second Life and
business applications. Second Life is built by ‘residents’, the users, themselves for themselves. Three
year research carried out by VayaV showed that this is not the fitting 3D environment our Target
VayaV is a digital social network environment like Facebook, but with a feature Facebook cannot
deliver: the possibility to meet in groups and interact in groups. VayaV will be a 3D ‘world’ designed
and build according to the specifications our target groups will provide (VayaV Metaverse). VayaV
will also have its own interface to this Metaverse (VayaV Viewer).
VayaV Community Service is the third part of our product. We will start and maintain local VayaV
communities, together with municipalities and their partners. They will meet in a mix of physical and
virtual meetings. Mainly for pleasure and fun, but also for gain, training, increased experience and
knowledge about their possibilities and challenges. Specific topics will be provided. The communities
will be a mix of our target group with (local) service and product providers, computer hobbyists and
experts in certain relevant fields.
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