Virtual reality is one of the world’s biggest technologies right now. While Samsung and HTC made headlines for their new flagships, many are more interested in the news that the two companies were working on Gear VR and Vive virtual reality. With VR making leaps and bounds, an Irish Kickstarter campaign has emerged, utilising Oculus technology to simulate the Apollo 11 Experience.

Waterford’s own Dave Whelan is hoping to take one small step for man, as his company Immersive VR Education has already received over €20,000 of its €30,000 Kickstarter campaign. The end product will be a virtual reality package that puts the participants in the shoes of Neil Armstrong on what was perhaps one of the most defining moments of the 20th century.

Immersive VR Education, seek to utilise the groundbreaking virtual reality technologies which are quickly becoming more accessible, to engage with students. Speaking to RTÉ news, Dave Whelan points out that pupils are only likely to retain 10% of what they read and 30% of what they see. When students experience their education, they are more likely to retail 70% of information after two weeks.

Although Virtual Reality is growing from strength to strength, this educational Kickstarter campaign is still €10,000 short of it’s goal with just 7 days remaining. More information is available on the project’s Kickstarter website, where you can also become a backer.

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