The Department of Computer Science has now secured funding in collaboration with Linguisticator to further develop a platform for building memory palaces in VR.
Linguisticator, a Cambridge based start-up, has been awarded a grant from the European Region Development Fund supported KEEP+ programme to collaborate with the University of Westminster on developing a new platform for building palaces in Virtual Reality.
KEEP+ is a new European Regional Development Fund that seeks to connect SME’S to academic expertise and graduate talent.
Thanks to support from the fund, Linguisticator, will be able to work with Markos Mentzelopoulos, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc Computer Games Development at the University and a recent graduate that will be recruited to work on the project.
Together they will be able to further develop Macunx VR, the immersive educational platform Linguisticator began working on with Westminster earlier this year.
The platform has multiple applications ranging from language learning and medical training to subjects like history and geography.
Trials of the memory palace technique led by Linguisticator suggest that Macunx VR could hold huge potential in helping individuals with dyslexia circumvent some of the learning challenges they face.
Dr Aaron Ralby, inventor of the Macunx VR and CEO of Linguisticator says “The ultimate aim of the project is to change the way we learn large and complex subjects. Rather than watering subjects down to make them easier, we want to empower people to learn rigorous disciplines by unlocking the potential of their spatial minds.”
Macunx VR will be developed in the Department of Computer Science and has already been featured in Wired, on BBC Click and in a TEDx talk delivered by Aaron Ralby.