Project Description

Dive in and see with sound!

Echo Earth Experience (EEE) is a virtual reality (VR) experience, which simulates how animals use echolocation to navigate, for example marine mammals underwater. In this VR first person swimmer, players take on the role of a baby beluga whale that is immersed in the deep blue Arctic and is learning to use its senses to search for food. The goal is to find and eat as many fish and octopi as possible before time runs out. To do so, invoke your echolocation abilities by making sounds (using a handheld controller) to ideally generate an echo that will help you determine the direction of these food sources.

Echo Earth 1.0 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 and 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.

Echo Earth 2.0 was further developed as a NERDLab project with a fully functional and interactive tutorial.

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