Scal3d is an immersive, 3D visualization of the universe around us - the first step on the path toward realizing the dream of useful, immersive and fun education technology. Thanks to the Unity game engine and the Oculus Rift headset, players are transported onto a scale full of objects from the world around us. As the player progresses down the path, they appear to grow in size, the objects around them shrinking. With the ability to transfer objects from one place to another, the scale and sizing of objects can be compared like never before. The goal is to discover the universe in a new, unique way. Players can manipulate objects by rotating them around themselves, by locally rotating an object, or by physically repositioning them on the scale.
The immersive environment lets users bask in the immensity of the stars, or get down to a smaller, microscopic levels. All that’s required is an Oculus Rift and a gamepad. Scal3d is one of many applications of virtual reality for education technology, and proof that with a little creativity, the technology's applications aren’t limited to games.