Partnership to leverage Virtual Reality to build awareness and inspire preservation and protection of sea life.
IRVINE, CA, July 28th, 2015 – EON Reality Inc., the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment, and WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) have today announced a partnership based on a joint mission to use Virtual and Augmented Reality to educate about mammalian sea life, increase awareness for the preservation of whales and dolphins, and improve outreach to concerned people regarding aquatic mammals and sea life.
To do this, EON Reality and WDC are co-developing a Virtual Reality application, for mobile devices, designed to provide a more engaging and interactive way to learn about whales and dolphins, wherever in the world you may be.
With the support of WDC experts, EON Reality, through its Virtual Reality platform, will create realistic and life-like virtual representations of sea mammals so that anyone on the planet can access and experience first-hand the plight of whales and dolphins, both in captivity and in the wild. Users will be able to view and interact with these beautiful creatures and see what their daily lives are like.
“WDC is excited to be working with EON Reality to help raise awareness of the plight of dolphins cruelly taken from the wild and held captive in small tanks for the rest of their lives,” said Chris Vick, Director of Marketing and Communications for WDC. “Virtual Reality of the kind being developed by EON provides amazing opportunities to reach people with information about how amazing whales and dolphins are and how they need our help. We hope thousands download the app and that it encourages them to support WDC and not to visit facilities holding whales and dolphins in captivity.”
Additionally, EON Reality and WDC are encouraging other nature conservation and preservation groups to join this initiative. Through Virtual Reality (VR), other causes and efforts can benefit by using the technology as a new way of engaging people to conserve endangered species against the many threats they face. WDC’s introductory application will be free to download while additional educational applications will be for a fee. A share of the proceeds generated by the premium applications will go towards supporting conservation activities.
“Historically, the main way the public could experience dolphins and whales up close was through aquariums and water parks,” said Anna Lejerskar, Director of EON Reality’s Learn for Life Program. “Unfortunately, the captive mammals pay a very high price by being confined in order to give the public that experience. Thanks to augmented reality and virtual reality, anyone can see whales and dolphins in their natural environments (the wild), and are able to understand that these mammals have the right to exist as nature intends, not as humans decide.”
About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment. EON Reality’s success is tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality, since 1999, has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global app development network, with twenty-two locations worldwide, has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for knowledge transfer with over 7,000 applications. Over 36 million people worldwide have downloaded these applications. For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.
WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue. Visit: whales.org