The Made in NY Media Center provides a one of a kind setting for things to happen. I think of it as planned serendipity. A case in point is a delightful collaboration that came about between AXS Lab, Inc. and my company- Evolving Technologies Corporation.
Jason DaSilva, a veteran filmmaker, was diagnosed in 2005 with Multiple Sclerosis. There are two forms of this condition.- relapsing-remitting and primary progressive. Jason unfortunately has the less common but more aggressive form - primary progressive. As if life derailing events didn't matter, Jason pressed on making films including the Emmy Award winning documentary When I Walk, got married, has the most adorable three and half year old child, and pretty much singlehandedly launched AXS Map- a worldwide crowdsourced platform for gathering and rating accessibility experiences around the globe. The site is Powered by Google Places API and currently has over 100,000 crowdsource reviews.
The following provides a brief overview of AXS Map.
Jason and I are both grant recipients, here at the NY Media Center. Back in November we struck up an immediate friendship and very quickly began our collaboration to bring VR to AXS Map.
So what makes this such a compelling value proposition?
The clip below shows a sample of one of the early prototypes.
We recently previewed VR AXS Map for a Demo Day Pitch.
VR AXS Map is developed using Unity. We have devised an effective workflow for site planning, 360 immersive image capturing, curating content, and deploying to Gear VR and Google Cardboard..
Our next steps
We plan on introducing a fully developed VR-based accessibility framework that goes well beyond simple gaze control.
Down the road, VR AXS Map will be integrated with the entire AXS Map database. For now, we care concentrating on a truly effective VR experience for individuals with disabilities. We'll keep you posted on our progress.
It is not everyday that you get to take an exciting technology like VR and creatively use it for fundamental social needs that are all too often relegated to an afterthought. We have the right technology and ingredients that could lead to something extraordinary.
Contact us about VR AXS Map