The following is taken directly from a UTV interview. Orginal article is listed here
Waterford technology company has begun developing new virtual reality software which will bring a new dimension to classroom learning.
Using the forthcoming Oculus Rift – a mobile virtual reality headset – Immersive VR Education promise to recreate any moment in history to allow students first-hand experience of the subject they are studying.
The first ever virtual reality lesson in Ireland took place at Christian Brothers Secondary School in New Ross, County Wexford on Friday afternoon.Students were blasted in space alongside Neil Armstrong following a speech from US president John F Kennedy.
Eoin Colfer, 14, was one of the first to try the new learning aid at the secondary school.
He said: “You’re like an astronaut going through space and looking at all the planets.
“It gives you all this information about space. It was really cool. It was like we were going past the sun and I reached out to try grab it.
“It was quite weird – I could hear people in the background but it still felt like I was out in space.”
The south-east technology firm was set up in 2014 by David Whelan who had a background in web development.
He said he pursued the project after pin-pointing a gap in the market for virtual reality in school learning. Since then he has been working with colleagues in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, to further develop the space experience which took four months to build.
David Whelan, chief executive of Immersive VR Education, described the power of having the past almost at your fingertips.
“What we can do is put you on the foot of Mount Vesuvius just before it erupted and you can actually experience the lava flow down and destroy the town [Pompeii].
“We could place you within the Volcano and you can actually see how they form from the inside.
“Every subject, any matter and we can develop it [for the virtual reality headset].”
Oculus Rift is due for general release at the end of this year.