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Project Parallel Parks
A perfect use of Virtual Reality is what the guys and girls at New Horizons are doing with Project Parallel Parks.
The moment we saw what was happening here we were amazed and wanted to hear more and help spread the word.
Parallel Parks is a project that allows people with mobility issues and disabilities the opportunity to venture further into our wonderful National Parks than ever before. All via the power of Virtual Reality.
In September 2017 New Horizons held an event at Sydney’s Martin Place which saw Martin Place transformed into a Virtual Reality Park! Off the back of this, a crowd-funding campaign was launched to enable Parallel Parks to complete their mission to make the world’s national parks accessible to all through the use of technology.
The Parallel Parks event showcased four of Australia’s iconic national parks, the Murray River, Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island and Uluru-Kata Tjuta.
William Quong from New Horizons Claireville Villas was impressed with the footage and how it allowed him a freedom he doesn’t have in his real world. “I think it is good, and if you can go slow you can control easily. My favourite is visiting the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a good experience if you haven’t been before and I love that you can go under-water in that one, especially as I can’t take my wheelchair in the water, I can’t get it wet!”
New Horizons launched a demo app that has been tested by users and has received the thumbs up, but there is more work to do in finding the best way to deliver the experience to as many people as possible.
I have spoken to some schools about the Parallel Parks project and they are also very excited to look into this project as well as it has the potential to reach many Students around the country that do not only have mobility problems but also are in very remote regions.
You can support Parallel Parks via the Enablr.or.au campaign here https://enablr.org.au/campaign/Parallel-parks
What does New Horizon need to fulfill their goal?
They need more quality Immersive 360 Video Content from our National Parks filmed for the needs of allowing people with disabilities into these hard to get to places.
They need better Apps to get this amazing 360 footage out to as many people as possible.
And they want to be able to provide people with disabilities that have had trouble purchasing equipment such as Smartphones and VR Headsets to enable them to experience what they are building.
New Horizons has already contributed $150,000 to the Parallel Parks Project but they need to raise another $100,000 to fund this next stage.
So lets get behind this initiative and watch it blossom into something amazing!