Visual learning platform Lifeliqe, which incorporates virtual reality, interactive 3D and augmented reality programs, has announced a partnership with HTC Vive to produce educational content.
"We're pleased to have Lifeliqe as an education content partner, developing high quality room-scale educational experiences on the HTC Vive," said Joel Breton, Vice President of VR content, HTC. "From walking among dinosaurs to exploring the internal organs of a shark, Lifeliqe offers truly innovative premier content for immersive discovery and learning on Vive."
Virtual reality has been looked upon as the next big move for the gaming world. However, now it may be able to be used effectively within education, writes Jay Donovan for Tech Crunch.
Content will begin to be showcased by Lifeliqe at the ISTE 2016 conference, and will be expected to continue at additional events to be held later on in San Francisco. Ondrej Homola, co-founder and CEO of Lifeliqe, said the goal is to introduce pilot programs into schools at the start of the 2016 school year.
Users will be able to participate in a number of new experiences such as "flying" into space to view the Hubble telescope, walking with dinosaurs, or diving through the ocean to see sharks up close and personal. All included content will be scientifically accurate and approved by the most renowned universities in the world, and will also be aligned with the Common Core.
Lifeliqe is one of many companies to offer virtual reality educational experiences. The most notable to date is Immersive VR Education, the studio responsible for the Apollo II experience. However, while IVRE focuses on historical experiences, Liveliqe seeks to look into opening natural environments and interactive 3D models, reports Joe Durbin for UploadVR.
The partnership with HTC Vive will offer Liveliqe a number of perks, the most important of which being the large financial contribution. Company representatives state that the money will be put toward ongoing development efforts as well as ensuring that the company is able to stay in business while headset sales increase revenue.
In addition, HTC will offer the company active mentorship, guidance, equipment, and assistance as the startup continues to develop. Liveliqe representatives said that the initial launch will be on the Vive, with other platforms to possibly be included later on.
Lifeliqe is a platform company that seeks to create, share, and implement interactive 3D objects into mobile, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D printable media. The platform currently exclusively presents Corinth Classroom, a visual learning tool that offers 1,000 interactive 3D objects that have been proven to increase learning and interest in students. The Liveliqe app is in use by teachers in over 100 countries.
Liveliqe is currently available in the Apple App store and Windows Store.