VRPlants

VRPlants is a project creating experiences with emerging technology that are centered around teaching plant biology concepts, ranging from immersive VR games, to webVR, 360 videos, and workshops.
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Naturalist's Workshop 
The Naturalist’s Workshop is a virtual reality platform to interact with digitized collections in an intuitive and playful way. Developed for the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset for use by museum visitors in a Museum of Natural Sciences.

Within the application, museum visitors are seated at a virtual desk. Using their hand controllers they explore drawers containing botanical specimens. While exploring, the participant receives meta-data about each specimen by dropping it into the virtual examination tray. 360-degree photographs and 3D models are utilized to allow user-stimulated and immersive experiences of the metadata, such as specimen collection coordinates. 

This experience was designed and developed with a team made up of a coder, 3D modeler, graphic designer, and plant biologist. 
Ram's Horn
This VRPlants project features VR content to support a lesson plan on plant form and function. This lesson utilizes the species Proboscidea louisianica, commonly called ‘Ram’s Horn’ in reference to its shape. This distinct shape, used in mammal-aided seed dispersal, serves as an excellent exposure to concepts of adaptive form and function.

Utilizing any one of a number of web-browsing devices (including tablet, smartphone, laptop, or standalone VR headset), students act out the role of the Ram’s Horn, emitting pods into the environment with hopes of catching onto the nearby bison’s matted fur. This ‘gamified’ activity aims to instill the core of the lesson via a play-based approach.

This experience was designed and developed with a team made up of a coder, 3D modeler, graphic designer, and plant biologist. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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