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An Oculus Rift application that takes the user on an educational virtual tour of the heart, veins and arteries.
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What is Vessels VR?

A virtual reality educational experience. Vessels is designed for elementary school students learning about human organ systems. The experience intends to educate the user about the circulatory system in a fun and engaging way. The experience is being produced as a research project out Ryerson University's RTA School of Media and Transmedia Zone.

Ryerson University
Ryerson University

The Technology

Vessels VR will be developed using both models of the Oculus Rift development kit, and will be assembled in Unity 3D a powerful game engine/ development environment.

The Virtual Field Trip

School boards across the country have always considered the “field trip” an important part of the learning experience. A practical method of digesting theoretical content, many studies have shown that people form better memories through real life experiences and interactions, rather than reading about them from a piece of paper. We believe that this is a cue for virtual reality. We want to take you where no school bus can go (except the magic school bus) INSIDE the human Body.

Our Mission

Our mission is to challenge the ways in which we digest educational content. Vessels is a pioneer application in what we believe will eventually become an entire market of educational content for the burgeoning virtual reality industry. Although VR technology gaming community has most fervently embraced this new technology, it doesn’t take much to imagine how it might revolutionize other content-based industries, including the educational industry.

The Team

Josh Maldonado - Executive Producer

Brenda Grajales - Marketing and Communications Director 

Omar Charles - Audio Director

Ashika Theyyil- Producer/Finance Executice

Lauren Girard - Project Manager

Connor Immonen - Writer

Rowan Race - Art Lead

Josh Gonsalves - Lead Developer

Computing Power

It takes a lot of computing power to render high quality 3D images, and although we have excellent facilities at the University, we need that extra push to build a fully functional Virtual reality lab for development and testing. One of the greatest costs is that of a graphics processing unit. It must be top notch to render out the entire experience. 

Testing with Focus Groups

As mentioned in the mission statement, we want to introduce a new way to digest educational content, and we're focusing on children. In order to do this we must finance marketing studies and focus groups that may very well provide a lot of important details about the future of educational VR content.

WELCOME TO THE VR REVOLUTION

Thank you so much for taking the time to view our Kickstarter. Any amount donated is a contribution to the VR revolution that is slowly underway. We thank you for your participation in bringing this vision to life.

What people have said about us

The Eyeopener Headliner

The Ryersonian Exclusive

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is of course the reason we are on Kickstarter in the first place, funding.

There's currently a very limited market for virtual reality experiences, it is difficult to get the funding we need to complete Vessels. We need to rely on other developers and enthusiasts at this point.

Another hurdle is the computer power needed to render these high quality immersive animations. A hurdle we hope we'll get over with your help.

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    Receive a customized Vessels VR Desktop wallpaper and be the first to get inside scoop of behind the scenes development.

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    Receive a personalized shoutout on our social media pages! A customized Vessels VR Desktop wallpaper and be the first to get inside scoop of behind the scenes development.

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    Heart of thanks! You receive a heart of thanks
    (literally!) a heart plush stress ball AND receive the Beta version of Vessels as a free download.

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    Your name will appear as a sponsor on our website and you will also receive a special thanks on our credits. You'll also receive a downloadable Beta release of Vessels AND an exclusive PAL keychain.

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    Let the Vessels VR crew take you out! For being a pitcher let us grab you a pitcher! Come hang out with the crew for a drink and a movie. Receive the Beta version of Vessels!

    * Must be within the Toronto downtown area

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    Attend our exclusive appreciation party post completion of Vessels VR (DATE TBA) and receive a customized Vessels Virtual Reality Passport with our friendly robot PAL! Your name will also appear on the ‘special thanks’ section of our credits.
    Receive the Beta version of Vessels!

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    One on one virtual reality content developing workshop with our Executive producer and lead developer. You will also receive a customized Vessels VR souvenir and be invited to our exclusive appreciation party. Receive the Beta Version of Vessels .

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About US$ 748

    You will receive a personal shout out video from the team, which will be featured on all our social media accounts. Of course you will also be invited to our appreciation party as our special guest! You will receive: a custom vessels souvenir, PAL keychain, heart of thanks and the beta Version of Vessels with exclusive access to updates.

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Funding period

- (30 days)