This week sees the launch of another unique example of virtual reality (VR) being used as a tool for education as much as it can be for videogames and more. Developer Tyler Rhodes has released Evolution! onto the official Oculus VR Share Beta where it can be downloaded for free on both PC and Mac. There isn’t any word on a possible Linux version of the experience at this point. The title arrives complete with full support for the Oculus Rift VR headset.
Evolution! is a unique exploration experience based off of the developers research into evolution itself. The project started with Roach simply drawning a creature, and then having other people iterate on that drawing by copying it. This was done with different types of plants as well as animals. These drawings were then built into the software, allowing users to strap on an Oculus Rift and explore an environment with the different stages of plants and animals occupying it.
“Everything in this ‘world’ was originally created by other people through this evolution process based off of only 1 drawing I supplied,” Roach explained. “So the plants here are fairly advanced, but all stem from the same initial one (the ground cover plants are the more primitive/closest to the early stages), and the animals here are just starting to evolve. You’ll notice various similarities between them.”
It’s an innovative example of how we might one day see devices such as the Oculus Rift used in schools and beyond. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any more updates.