Virtual Reality Represents Next Generation of Learning, Project Chimera is Proof
Virtual Reality will fundamentally change the way humans live, work, learn, and interact with one another. Pagoni VR, a Glimpse Group subsidiary company specializing in immersive broadcast, sees a new realm of communication aided by VR.
On November 11, 2019, Pagoni VR made history with its Project Chimera live broadcast. Project Chimera is a first-of-its-kind software that combines a real environment with virtual reality by utilizing 3D with 180° video. 24 students from Fordham University’s Bronx and Lincoln Center campuses used Project Chimera to actively participate in a lecture together.
To the best of Pagoni VR’s knowledge, this is the world’s first educational broadcast that mixes virtual reality and 180° video to enable truly real-time interaction between the real and virtual worlds.
Project Chimera builds dynamic environments where local and remote users can actively participate as if they were in the same location. The word Chimera stems from Greek mythology and it represents a multi-headed creature made up of a lion, goat, serpent, and dragon. This amalgamation of real and fictitious creatures represents Project Chimera’s ability to fuse real with virtual elements. Project Chimera’s software strengthens the bonds between teacher and students and between the students themselves.
Yesterday’s Project Chimera broadcast took place during “Exploring Entrepreneurship,” a Fordham University course taught by Glimpse Group CEO Lyron Bentovim and Fordham Professor Christine Janssen. About 20 students were present in the physical classroom and 4 were present in VR. Brad Gould, the Head of IP at Dorsey and Whitney LLP, delivered a presentation about IP law to the mixed population of virtually and physically present students.
Project Chimera’s unique mix of physical and virtual elements provides for a powerful learning environment. In comparison to video streaming, Project Chimera can take advantage of VR’s immersiveness to create learning environments that feel dynamic and distraction free. Remote learner’s no longer need to feel like second-class students.
In an interview with News 12 The Bronx, Chirayu Shah, a student who virtually joined the Fordham University lecture, described Project Chimera and said “I think it’s amazing, really exciting, and phenomenal. Like the way, how all of this works and is put together. So I’m really excited to see where it goes in the future.”
When it comes to the educational setting, Project Chimera can unite students from different campuses, work as a learning tool for students who need to stay home sick, and make learning more accessible. Project Chimera represents the future of learning and their innovative software could be used in a variety of other industries, such as entertainment or enterprise.
When asked about the patent pending software, Pagoni VR General Manager, Jimmy Giliberti, said “This first patent for Pagoni VR sets the stage for future products that mix computer generated imagery, immersive video, and real-time interactivity. Picture a world where students will interact with each other and their teacher regardless of whether they are local or remote. Feel the thrill of calling out the next play or being singled out by a comedian on stage. Pagoni VR is moving forward with their vision of a blended reality.”