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History lessons get the virtual treatment

Learning about the Titanic has never been so immersive, thanks to a new virtual reality tool from Immersive VR Education Ltd.

Posted by Charley Rogers | November 30, 2017 | Product news

Titanic VR, a new educational experience by Immersive VR Education Ltd, has launched! Playable on Desktop PC, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation Virtual Reality headsets, the experience will take users to the bottom of the North Atlantic, enable them to navigate around and inside the wreck using a submersible and remotely operated underwater vehicle (‘ROV’), and leave them with a deeper understanding of this historic and tragic event. 

David Whelan, CEO Immersive VR Education Ltd, said, “Our work is nothing short of a total disruption to the entire education market; the use of VR/AR is the biggest change in education since the introduction of computers.  

“Increasingly, educators are realising that simulated learning can make a real difference in learning outcomes. With the improved availability of affordable hardware led by major internationals such as Apple, Samsung and Google, the VR/AR market will inevitably gain traction and eventually become an everyday technology. We are leading this revolution, utilising leading edge VR/AR technologies to enhance digital learning through our fully immersive social learning platform, Engage, and our proprietary experiences.” 

Immersive VR Education is confident that Titanic VR will replicate the success achieved by its multi-award-winning experience based on the Apollo 11 landing, which has sold over 80 thousand copies so far. Titanic VR has seen the company use comprehensive maps to create a realistic 3D model of the wreck site as well as motion capture, face-scanning technology and professional voice actors to immerse users in the story.  Notably, Immersive VR worked with BBC to provide real life testimony from the survivors themselves within the experience using original archive interviews that the BBC conducted over the years. The company’s ultimate aim was to create an accurate portrayal of events so that it was not only educational, but also emotionally engaging. 

Users of Titanic VR will have an option to follow the storyline or purely explore in a secure (sandbox) mode. They can also complete bonus missions such as rescuing a lost ROV, creating a photo mosaic, placing research equipment or cleaning and preserving recovered artefacts to learn all there is to know about this infamous wreck. A trailer of the experience can be found at https://youtu.be/jGnktkt2rKQ

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