AUT XR LAB RESEARCH PROJECTS
The AUT XR Lab is situated in the School of Art & Design, Auckland University of Technology. The lab conducts collaborative research projects with partners in science, health, and heritage, including social impact, climate change/sustainability, and science/health communication. The lab’s expertise lies in 3D visualisation, and interactive experience and narrative design for a range of Extended Reality applications.
‘LOST CITY OF MER’ VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE AND PHONE APP
‘Lost City of Mer’ is a research project by Gregory Bennett in collaboration with Liz Canner, Astrea Media New York. It is aimed at inspiring action against climate change, utilizing a smartphone app and interactive VR gameplay, where players can win rewards that result in positive action and life creation within the game and reduce their personal carbon footprint at the same time. The 'Lost City of Mer' prototype was launched at Games for Change in New York 2018. Exhibits include United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Zone, New York 2019, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 XR (Extended Reality) exhibition, Brisbane.
A research project collaboration with Gregory Bennett, the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, and Dr Barbara Bollard, AUT School of Applied Sciences, Geographic Information Science. A virtual reality experience of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut, where people are invited to step inside Hillary’s (TAE/IGY) Hut from 1957 to explore the first building at what is now New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica. Project was launched in 2020.