For EON Reality’s latest addition to its massive AR and VR library, the global leader in mixed reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education has released a brand new update containing well over 1000 “world heritage sites” using immersive and interactive 360° images and 3D models. These sites include famous locales past and present, including natural marvels like America’s National Parks and the famous Swiss Alps, man-made wonders such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Great Wall of China, and historic locations such as Ancient Babylonia and the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Designed to provide educators and travelers alike with the ability to virtually “visit” and experience new places within the AR and VR library from the safety of their own homes, each location can be filled with as much information as desired — providing both pre-made lessons as well as the ultimate blank canvas to create a learning session about a specific topic. Particularly in a time when international travel is heavily prohibited for much of the world, giving users the opportunity to take field trips and vacations to a new environment in a matter of minutes can be a valuable experience for all involved.
Bringing these world heritage sites to the VR library lines up with both EON Reality’s longstanding mission to provide accessible AR and VR education to as many people as possible as well as the more recent goal of the Global Emergency Initiative to solve the remote education shortage going on around the world. With many students unable to attend physical classes again until the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved, maintaining engaging and worthwhile educational materials has been a major undertaking for EON Reality in 2020.
To date, much of EON Reality’s focus has been on replacing the hands-on training and education that can only be replicated through VR, but adding the new world heritage sites gives educators of all types the opportunity to take their students on virtual field trips that would’ve never been possible in the past. Rather than teaching ancient history or foreign civilizations from a textbook, students can now experience it firsthand through the immersive platform.
The addition also goes hand-in-hand with EON Reality’s recent focus on self-directed learning as a means to teach both the students and instructors to create their own immersive and interactive lessons through the Resource Center and other self-help tools. As seen in the application examples displayed on EON Reality’s website, students and educators from around the world have already used the tools available to them to create some top-notch content for users to learn from in a variety of subjects and languages.