Virtual reality (VR) has a lot of applications within education, perhaps most notably in history and science classes. You might not have considered the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to be used as instruments to teach foreign languages and culture, however. But that’s exactly what the creators of Learn Immersive, a new VR compatible platform, hope to do by offering virtual field trips that developers can produce and sell themselves.
Rather than simply translating messages into other languages, Learn Immersive aims to teach users by transporting them to the countries that speak the chosen language. As they explore these new locations, users will see translations of words, much like in the image seen above. The software will also provide voice overs and present quizzes in order to test the user. Exploring real world images of these countries will also help them to learn more about its culture.
Crucially, Learn Immersive isn’t simply a platform that will be updated with new field trips from the developers themselves. Instead, the team will offer others the chance to create their own trips and then sell these experiences online for a profit. While this might seem strange at first, it could well help Learn Immersive to grow quickly and with the help of knowledgeable developers rather than a single team having to learn about different cultures before they translate them to a field trip.
Learn Immersive is currently looking for developers that are interested in creating some of the platform’s first field trips. A field to enter an email to sign up to an early access can be found at the bottom of the official website. It’s not yet clear when the full platform might launch. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.