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Innovation Briefing Issue 9 | Eden Universe

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 31 May 2022
  • Last modified 16 Jun 2022
“Tech can communicate the stories that Eden is trying to tell,” says Darren Hoare, Project Lead of Eden Universe, which is bringing science and communication together to broaden and deepen our understanding of the natural world.

Eden Universe’s goal is to engage new audiences with Eden’s mission both at the destination in Cornwall and online. The project incorporates augmented and virtual reality experiences based on building people’s relationships with the natural world.

In partnership with aql, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Meta cameras, Eden Universe has created a rich and immersive experience designed to educate and inspire people not just in the UK, but around the globe.

The project has four teams covering visitor experience, education, health and wellbeing, and arts and culture.

The visitor experience consists of an AR journey around the Rainforest Biome, featuring the Living Lens which enables viewers to see plants through the senses of a mosquito, bee and bat, as well as the Weather Maker, which reveals how carbon and water travel through a tree, highlighting the role of rainforests in cooling the climate.

The high resolution 360 degree cameras provided by Meta create a vivid, immersive experience for online visitors, letting them explore every aspect of the Rainforest Biome.

The education team broadcast live from the Rainforest Biome to one thousand students in five Cornwall schools: Tintagel, Delabole, Archbishop Benson, and Bude Primary Schools; and Bodmin Community College. Delivering bespoke lesson plans to Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, bringing Eden and the AR experiences into classrooms. Using IoT sensors communicating via the 5G network,

Eden sends data from within the Rainforest Biome to teachers utilising the Eden Universe online experience. Students can look at the temperature, humidity and light levels in the Eden Project and use the information to further their science education. Eden has received excellent feedback from students and teachers alike.

As for health and wellbeing, Eden Universe offers guided VR tours for care home residents in the area.

After being immersed in the experience, a patient suffering from dementia was remarkably calmer, and asked to spend more time in the VR headset. Virtual nature experiences are a promising area of research that Eden hope to continue to explore.

Eden also hopes to enrich Cornwall arts and culture.

Rainforest Reconnect was a musical wellness experience inspired by nature and live streamed from the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome, featuring the music of Eden’s artist in residence, Alice Boyd.

The musician created a five-track album translating data from tree leaves into a melody, overlayed with choral music.

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