Using Tech to Build Empathy | Carrie Shaw at Embodied Labs

One of the most difficult challenges for a caregiver is understanding life from the perspective of the person receiving care, both physiologically and psychologically. How do they see, how do they feel? And what’s their perspective on the world? Understanding life as they experience it can be key to offering the best support.

On the latest UpTech Report, I talk with Carrie Shaw, whose company, Embodied Labs, is helping caregivers experience the world, almost literally through the eyes of people needing care, by using virtual reality. Carrie believes it could change the way we care for people in need of life assistance.

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Carrie Shaw works at the intersection of health education and virtual reality storytelling. She is the CEO and founder of Embodied Labs, an immersive training and wellness platform for professional and family caregivers.

After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health, Carrie spent 2 years working as a Health Education Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she fell in love with the way visual communication tools have the unique potential to cross-cultural, language, and education barriers.

Following that time, Carrie worked as her mother’s primary caregiver, who’s diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease opened Carrie’s eyes to the needs of caregivers and the aging services workforce.  Carrie holds a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization and her work has been featured by Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, JAMA, The History Channel, and CBS National TV show, The Doctors.




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