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VISYON introduces virtual reality in program for Russian students

The MEDIAPRO Group company offers high school students with a temporary physical disability the capacity to follow their lessons via distance learning.

VISYON (Grupo MEDIAPRO) has been selected to participate in an introductory program to virtual reality within an educational setting in Moscow (Russia). The project involves the introduction of a virtual reality solution for high school students suffering from temporary physical disability, helping them to follow distance classes and identify their vocational calling.

VISYON, based in Barcelona and pioneer in the development of immersive technology solutions including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), has adapted its VRoadcaster platform for the project promoted by the Moscow Innovation Agency. The solution allows users to view content in an immersive manner and customize these according to the needs of each student. By using virtual reality glasses, students can watch videos in a range of formats via the platform, (standard, 180º or 360º) and interactive content in 2D and 3D.

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For this project VISYON has had support from the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Catalan government’s Business & Knowledge Department’s Corporate Competitive Agency (ACCIÓ) through the Foreign Trade & Investment Office in Moscow. The company launched the pilot test of the project in September at a rehabilitation center for children and young people in Moscow that serves around 1,600 people every year.

“The project is aimed at high school students, especially in stages prior to vocational training, attending temporary physical rehabilitation centers and as such, who cannot attend class. We provide an immersive solution so they can follow their courses”, said Alicia Cañellas, Innovation and Training consultant at VISYON. To use this platform, students wear virtual reality glasses that allow them to access a range of different content. By way of a digital panel, students can interact with the immersive environment, perform a range of different tasks and evaluate themselves. In the case of people with upper body physical difficulty, the system also enables users to activate the functions only using the eyes.

Next steps

Once this pilot is finished, VISYON expects to begin working on the second phase of the project, where it plans to introduce other functionalities so that students attending rehabilitation centers can follow distance classes through 360º immersive videoconferences and bidirectional communication. “We will install a 360º camera in the classroom so that students can follow what is happening in their educational centers, as if they were really there,” added Cañellas.

Furthermore, VISYON also plans to introduce Telepport, its 360º immersive videoconferencing system, in another Moscow Innovation Agency project that seeks to improve the well-being of workers in their workplace.

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