UK tech start-up, Sparko, has brought forward its plans to release a ‘virtual retirement community’ (VRC) in a bid to fight against loneliness during the pandemic and beyond.
The company, endorsed by Age UK, aims to elevate quality of life of older people by keeping them connected with family, friends and the community, all from their TV.
Explaining the early launch during lockdown, Moti Bari, founder of Sparko VRC, said: “Our plan was to release our first Virtual Retirement Community at the end of this year.
“But, with over-70s being advised to self-isolate for a considerable period of time, we felt we had a social responsibility to launch straight away.”
Sparko’s VRC technology comes in the form of a box, connected to the user’s TV.
Key features include video calling, photo sharing, a library of content, live classes and custom notifications and reminders.
Sparko says the technology is easy to use, with family members capable of setting it up in minutes.