Scalable virtual reality and augmented reality-based knowledge transfer company, EON Reality, has collaborated with Deakin University to create a interactive digital centre hub in Australia.
This interactive digital centre hub will be the first of its kind in the Asian region.
The interactive digital centre hub includes co-investments and contributions from EON Reality, in excess of $US10 million, and the facility will be the most comprehensive of its kind within the region when it opens during the first half of 2016.
Deakin faculty of science, engineering and built environment pro vice-chancellor, Trevor Day, said the partnership with EON was a perfect match as the university was leading the charge towards the jobs of the future, specifically through redevelopments to its IT and engineering curriculum to ensure students were prepared for new and emerging real-world problems.
“This new hub perfectly complements the focus of Deakin University and we already have some of the nation’s leading researchers working in Virtual Reality, including inside our newly-opened Centre for Design and Engineering Training (CADET), a facility that includes our own virtual reality cave,” Day said.
“Deakin University’s commitment to innovation will take another leap forward thanks to this exciting new partnership with EON Reality and perfectly matches the Federal Government’s new Innovation Strategy.”
The interactive digital centre hub will be located in Melbourne CBD and based on EON Reality’s Interactive Digital Centre model, offers students, staff and industrial partners access to the latest technologies and know-how in the field of scalable virtual reality and augmented reality solutions.
The hub will also host an entrepreneur school for comprehensive education programs with three different courses on offer related to virtual reality and augmented reality, including a virtual reality major within the Bachelor of IT, a Graduate Diploma in virtual reality and a virtual reality specialisation in the Master of IT.
In addition, there will be Work Integrated Learning programs based on EON Reality’s models from the US, UK and France, with students exposed to industry projects provided by EON from their global customers.
The hub will also include the EON Idome, the first of its kind in Asia-Pacific. The EON Idome is a patented multi-user immersive and high-resolution interactive 3D dome that will be used for outreach programmes.
EON Reality founder and chairman, Dan Lejerskar, said the company looks forward to building a long-lasting partnership with the University.
“By offering students and staff access to the latest technologies in scalable virtual reality and augmented reality solutions – together with EON Reality’s Entrepreneur School curriculum – we are building a strong foundation in the region,” EON Reality Asia vice-president, Pontus Appelqvist, added.
The first courses will be offered from July 2016 onwards at Deakin University’ Burwood campus.