Have you ever wanted to go somewhere you couldn’t? Like the Great Wall of China, or the stomach of a whale, or any other place not suitable for a school field trip? Well, now students can experience lifelike content from afar with virtual reality! VR is making its way into the educational sphere, empowering students to explore previously unreachable destinations and interact directly with virtual objects. A few weeks ago, I experimented with the Oculus Rift virtual reality system, and this time I got to try out the HTC Vive – just another perk of working at Eduporium!
Have you ever dreamed of having a robot as a friend? Well, the Meccano M.A.X can be your personal smartbot! M.A.X is not only programmed to respond to certain commands, but it can also learn from kids and build knowledge about their interactions with its incredible artificial intelligence technology. The best part is that students even get exposure to engineering as they build M.A.X from scratch and then teach it new behaviors, skills, and tricks using voice commands, buttons on its ‘MeccaBrain,’ or using its free app.
Ready for an adventure though the human bloodstream? Through the White House? To space? Virtual reality makes these thrilling adventures possible. In our office, we have both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and today, I experimented with the Oculus. I was very excited because I had only ever used VR while sitting down before -- certainly never standing and with touch controllers. I asked Khat, our Graphic Designer (and in-house VR expert), to give me a tutorial of the Oculus.