Echo Earth Experience: a VR simulation of echolocation

Dive in and see with sound!

Echo Earth Experience (EEE) is a virtual reality (VR) experience, which aims to simulate how animals such as marine mammals use echolocation to navigate underwater. In this VR endless swimmer, players transform into a baby beluga whale immersed in the deep blue Arctic learning to search for food. Make sounds to use your melon for echolocation and determine the direction of your food source. This is a whimsical, experiential, simulation-based game where players step into the flippers of these baby species who are learning how to make sounds and use echolocation to determine the direction of their food source. Once they master gazing and listening to find food, players may advance to also attempt avoiding threats.

EEE was conceived and originally created during the 2017 Global Game Jam at the University of Miami jam site by a team of UM faculty, students, and Miami locals. EEE was made in Unity for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.

Echo Earth was selected for exhibition at the 2017 ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., from October 13-15, 2017.