Initiative allows global users to experience the world’s rich cultural heritage through immersive Virtual Reality experiences.
IRVINE, CA, November 12, 2014 – EON Reality Inc., the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment, has established the EON World Heritage Initiative as part of EON’s Learn for Life Program to capture, preserve, and share the world’s most valuable artifacts and locations through Virtual Reality. The World Heritage Initiative empowers nations to preserve their cultural artifacts and historical sites for future generations and bring these sites into classrooms and homes. The initial focus will be on World Heritage sites and museums in and around locations that have an Interactive Digital Center (IDC).
Beyond simple preservation, the World Heritage Initiative provides the opportunity for countries to restore locations and artifacts to their original glory without physically altering the objects or structures. Additionally, locations with historic significance to several cultures, like the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, could be viewed at different points in time through Virtual Reality to let a viewer experience their full historical impact.
(L to R) Bust of Nefertiti in Augmented Reality, Death Mask of Tutankhamun with an Icatcher, Portuguese Cathedral in the Icube, Machu Picchu in the Idome.
“With locations on five continents EON Reality has a very multi-cultural mindset,” said Anna Lejerskar, Director of the EON Learn for Life Program. “In establishing this global footprint, we’ve experienced the joy of being immersed in other cultures and sharing our own culture. We here at EON are excited to empower nations and communities to give the world a taste of their unique worldview and way of life.”
Complex and accurate replicas of real locations can be used both as educational tools or virtual tourism to promote a nation’s culture and attract tourists. Rather than simply reading about a location, students across the world can experience famous and culturally significant locations. From a classroom or living room, a user could travel to World Heritage sites like the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Statue of Liberty, Machu Picchu, or even sites from antiquity like the Colossus of Rhodes. Also, the world’s leading museums can bring their extensive collections to global audiences through Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies.
(L to R) Examples of Heritage Sites that the World Heritage Program will focus on: Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Statue of Liberty, Machu Picchu
“EON Reality traditionally focused on the business side of Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer,” said Mats Johansson, CEO and President of EON Reality. “What has become increasingly apparent is that Virtual and Augmented Reality can be a tool for people to appreciate our complex global cultural tapestry. The world is becoming a smaller and smaller place, but there is still a significant portion of the world that will never have the chance to view the Mona Lisa, see the Parthenon, or walk the Great Wall of China. EON’s world leading Virtual Reality technology will bring these iconic locations and art to people around the world, and through these treasures we can help the global community celebrate what makes our cultures unique.”
EON Reality through it’s global Interactive Digital Center (IDC) network will provide the required Virtual Reality development tools to capture, bring to life, and digitally preserve museum artifacts, historical relics, and culturally significant sites. These World Heritage experiences will be made available through a variety of channels such as: The EON Experience Portal, partner museums, academic institutions, and publishing companies.
About EON Reality
EON Reality, Inc. is the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment. EON Reality provides state-of-the-art 3D display technology for immersive and stereoscopic viewing, from portable tablet PCs and glass free stereo display systems to curved-screen and immersive rooms consisting of multi-channel projection walls. The technology foundation for developing interactive digital content includes importing the most common 3D animation formats into EON’s authoring software and creating modules and applications that can be viewed on various display systems. EON’s technology solutions enable all organizations to more effectively visually communicate, collaborate and accelerate knowledge transfer. For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.