We believe that to live a healthy and active lifestyle is to embody the spirit of adventure. DiscoVR allows users to live out new adventures around Australia in a VR environment, before living them out in the real world.
DiscoVR empowers Australians to make better decisions, allowing them to make the most of their leisure time and engage in physical outdoor, community-based activities. Our system makes use of publicly available data to find the right location, in the right weather conditions, with the necessary amenities, whatever your hobby.
DiscoVR is a contextually aware virtual reality platform that provides benefits that can be applied across a number of industries: tourism, event management, and conservation to name a few. DiscoVR constructs an audio-visual experience which represents all the details relevant to your next adventure. Data is brought to life through a VR environment which immerses the user completely.
The data available to us can enable us to live better and more fulfilling lives, but it is often presented in ways which cannot be easily digested. In the Information Age, our challenge is to make use of the wealth of information available to us to create real-world outcomes which empower communities and individuals. DiscoVR addresses this by presenting data in a virtual 3D format, immersing the user in a visual and aural experience. We display this not with numbers and graphs but with clouds, wind, rain and sunshine. How does it work?
Users initially select from a range of activities based on their interests. The DiscoVR algorithm then accesses government data to locate the optimum location of the chosen activity based on the user’s location. For example, if the user wanted to go surfing, DiscoVR would consider wave height, wind strength and direction, and tide times to calculate an optimal destination.
DiscoVR then takes information related to that activity and displays it visually inside of a VR experience. With surfing the user can see and experience the waves, rain and sun levels.
The ability to visualise and experience data is not just useful for individuals planning their adventures. DiscoVR has utility across industry, and we can apply this proof of concept prototype across areas such as farming, event planning and conservation. A farmer may be able to use DiscoVR to gain an immediate visualisation of soil quality, water levels and potential crop yields. Event planners can quickly scout out new locations immersivity. Conservationists can view relevant scientific data in a virtual representation of the field.
We can use the world of big data to connect virtual and physical space. It’s time to look at new development pathways, jump forward and really make this data usable for the average person. That is what we have achieved with DiscoVR.
We join together a variety of weather data to inform the pursuit of weather dependent activities. Our story begins by finding a variety of surfing locations, collected from: Latest Coastal Weather Observations for Queensland