Yesterday, a company called Lifeliqe (sounds like life-like) publicly announced an alliance with HTC that will act as a visual platform for educational VR content. The new relationship is targeted at the classroom offering students virtual field trips to see objects like the Hubble Telescope in space and inside the body of a shark while under water.
HTC acknowledges the partnership and the VP of VR Content, Joel says, “We’re pleased to have Lifeliqe as an education content partner, developing high quality room scale educational experiences on the HTC Vive.”
Lifeliqe already has a presence in the educational sector with non-VR content delivered via iPads and Windows 10 devices. The company can provide schools with interactive models for K-12 STEM subjects.
It will be interesting to see if HTC will offer school discounts of the Vive headset for bulk orders. If HTC wants to grow a presence in the halls of our youth’s schools the Vive will have to be affordable.
Furthermore, it will be interesting equally interesting to see how schools plan to adopt room scale VR on campuses. Will a normal classroom be comfortable rearranging desks during VR time? Will VR be centralized to a lab much like a specialize computer lab? Will VR be offered as an elective or can it be fit in the current learning environment? Most public schools operate on such small budgets so how long will it take to get high end virtual reality such as the Vive in those classrooms.
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