Tessa Bousfield posted an articleIn Feb 2017, LlamaZOO began cold-calling mining companies, a sector that uses a lot of spatial data. see more
Source: Douglas Magazine
Author: Shannon Moneo
LlamaZOO’s Lateral Leap
How it All Started
When Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke created LlamaZOO in 2014, the tech wizards’ intention was to build a software platform where 3D content would be used for education and training. The two post-secondary school dropouts turned video-game creators targeted university veterinary programs, a sector they felt was in need of improved methods to deliver classroom material.
“For the last 50 years, [professors] have been teaching out of 50-year-old books. The medium they’re using to teach complex subject matter is not the best,” says Lavigne. “Why not teach the basics in 3D?”
And thus, EasyAnatomy was hatched. It’s a learning application, using a virtual dog, that offers 3D viewing and cadaver dissection, as well as quizzes and supplementary material. Today, EasyAnatomy is used by 90 universities around the world. But while the product made vet education graphic, portable and engaging, sales did not match expectations. “It’s not easy to sell to universities,” Lavigne says...
LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. posted an articleLlamaZOO Showcases Breakthroughs in Virtual Reality for the Mining Industry At Unearthed Vancouver 2017 HackathonAward-winning VR/MR studio impresses mining industry leaders with innovative application of VR. see more
LlamaZOO Showcases Breakthroughs in Virtual Reality for the Mining Industry At Unearthed Vancouver 2017 Hackathon
Vancouver, BC - October 04, 2017 - LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. (“LlamaZOO”), an award-winning VR/MR development studio, claimed second prize in the Unearthed Vancouver 2017 hackathon this past weekend. The 54 hours straight event was sponsored by leading mining companies, who challenged teams of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop prototype solutions for real problems within their mining operations.
The Unearthed Hackathon program provides a platform for the global resources sector to connect and collaborate with top local entrepreneurs and innovators. LlamaZOO was specially invited to this Vancouver edition of the hackathon not only as a participant, but also to demonstrate their world’s-first virtual reality mine planning software service MineLife VR.
“Through the Unearthed hackathon, and our continued development work with clients, we’ve developed a solid understanding of the challenges the mining industry is eager to solve, and how 3D VR/MR can be utilized.” said Kevin Oke, LlamaZOO’s co-founder and VP Sales. “Our MineLife VR platform enables us to rapidly develop visualizations for any mine site, and we look forward to continuing to bring on new clients.”
Unearthed’s Open Innovation Lead, Chris Schmid, was thrilled with the level of innovation produced during the event. "At Unearthed we put a lot of thought and effort into building a technology ecosystem for the resources sector. It is innovative companies like LlamaZOO that will drive the digital revolution in the industry and we are excited to have them participate in our hackathon."
About MineLife VR
Developed by award-winning VR/MR studio LlamaZOO Interactive, MineLife VR is a Virtual Reality software platform that presents a truly three-dimensional representation of a mine plan from exploration to closure, at scale, using actual planning and geospatial data, rendered at the highest possible quality.
MineLife VR represents a synthesis of traditionally dispersed, complex geospatial and mine planning data. The software enables mining companies’ internal and external stakeholders to immerse themselves in the mine plan, and interact with it through its entire lifecycle, from any angle, whether thousands of feet up in the air, or down on the ground.
LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. (“LlamaZOO”) is an award-winning Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality (VR/MR) studio that develops 3D education and communication software for the mining and oil and gas industries. Headquartered in Victoria, Canada, LlamaZOO was founded in 2014 by Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke, a pair of video game industry veterans with a shared passion for leveraging their expertise in interactive technology to tackle real world problems.
To explore VR/MR project possibilities for your organization, email projects(at)llamazoo.com.
For press, media, and all other inquiries, please email hello(at)llamazoo.com.
Learn more about LlamaZOO at www.llamazoo.com, or follow on Twitter @LlamaZOO.
LlamaZOO's team claims second place in the Unearthed Vancouver 2017 hackathon
MineLife VR, Virtual Reality mine planning software platform, developed by LlamaZOO