We are excited to announce new additions to the VR for Impact initiative!
As part of Vive's ongoing commitment to foster and champion the use of virtual reality to drive positive impact, we're humbled to announce our support for two new projects we strongly believe in: OrthoVR and the Life Project.
They join our growing selection of projects that we believe embody and represent the spirit and opportunity presented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They join Tree, and The Extraordinary Honey Bee, and SpaceVR as projects we're dedicated to providing on-going support towards realizing.
Exciting announcements surrounding VR for Impact are on the horizon. We will be announcing additional grant recipients for 2017 through the end of the year and new applications, and updates to previous applications, are currently being accepted.
OrthoVR aims to increase the availability of well-fitting prosthetics in low-income countries by using VR and 3D design tools to increase the capacity of clinical staff without reducing quality. VR allows current prosthetists and orthotists to leverage their current hands-on and embodied skills within a digital environment. OrthoVR is a joint project between Nia Technologies, a non-profit developing digital tools for orthopaedic clinics in the developing world (www.niatech.org) and the Critical Making lab at the University of Toronto (www.criticalmaking.com/enaction).
LIFE (Life-saving Instruction For Emergencies) is a new mobile and VR platform developed by the University of Oxford that enables all types of health worker to manage medical emergencies. Through the use of personalised simulation training and advanced learning analytics, the LIFE platform offers the potential to dramatically extend access to life-saving knowledge in low-income countries. Read more at www.oxlifeproject.org.
Tree is a critically acclaimed virtual reality experience enhanced by haptic feedback to immerse viewers in the tragic fate that befalls a rainforest tree. The experience brings to light the harrowing realities of deforestation, one of the largest contributors to global warming. Tree is an official selection of Sundance Film Festival New Frontier and Tribeca Film Festival Immersive 2017.
For more information on Tree, please visit http://www.treeofficial.com/.
The Extraordinary Honey bee
Honey Bee is a joint project with Häagen-Dazs® ice cream which explores the alarming rate at which bee populations are falling. In Honey Bee, users will shrink down to the size of a bee for a guided VR experience where they learn of the risks bee colonies face and solutions currently being implemented to offset their decline.
For more information on The Extraordinary Honey Bee, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUt2PC0Ks4Y.
SpaceVR is the world’s first virtual reality platform allowing users to experience space first hand through the immersion of VR. Founded in 2015, the team has built the first VR satellite, the Overview 1, which is slated for launch in Q1 2018 aboard SpaceX CRS-14. Once in orbit, SpaceVR will downlink video that users can experience in full virtual reality or as 360-degree video.