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Tertiary students develop app of city in virtual reality

January 31, 2018



KUCHING: A new virtual reality (VR) app will enable users to experience Kuching’s tourist attractions as well as Swinburne University of Technology’s Sarawak campus.


Called Kuching VR, the app aims to promote Swinburne Sarawak and places of interest in Kuching at the university’s events such as education fairs, roadshows and open days.


“It will be used at these events to give prospective students in targeted markets outside Kuching the experience of campus life and the city at their own convenience, anytime and anywhere in the world,” Swinburne Sarawak deputy vice-chancellor Prof John Wilson said.


He said the app was developed by four Swinburne multimedia design students under the supervision of two faculty members.


“Incubated with Tegas Digital Innovation Hub, Trifold currently creates immersive and engaging content to educate the public on digital technologies.


“It is one of the fastest-growing technology-driven companies in Sarawak today,” Prof Wilson said, adding that Trifold’s clientele included Petronas, Shell, Brooke Dockyard, Swinburne Sarawak, Tegas Digital Innovation Hub and Kumpulan Innovatif Kreatif Convention.


Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who launched Kuching VR, said it would not only promote the university but boost tourism as well.


“I welcome this new app and I hope you can design the city with all its attractions so that people can have the experience of looking at Kuching.


“This will help us promote tourism,” he said.


Abang Johari congratulated Swinburne on producing graduates who were ready for the future and called on the university to play its part in Sarawak’s efforts to use technology to develop and add value to its resources.




Source : The Star Online

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