The benefit of running my own, personal website is that I can do whatever I want. Sometimes this means very long, professional reports on the immersive reality industry. Other times, I can make an opinion with a slither of unprofessionalism, which helps to better emphasise how happy I am on a particular story. And Linguisticator deserves it as one of the first VR companies I have met, and also being lovely in general.


Anyway, Linguisticator announced that it has been awarded funding from the European Regional Development Fund supported KEEP+ programme to collaborate with the University of Westminster on developing Macunx VR.

KEEP+ is a new European Regional Development Fund supported programme that seeks to connect SMEs to academic expertise and graduate talent. Thanks to support from the fund, Linguisticator, a Cambridge-based startup, will be able to work with Markos Mentzelopoulos – Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc Computer Games Development at the University of Westminster – and one of the University of Westminster’s exceptional graduate students.

Together they will build and develop Macunx VR, a new platform for building memory palaces in Virtual Reality. In July 2016 Macunx VR hit 395% of its original crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter with support from a total of 168 backers.

“We are thrilled to win EU funding for Macunx VR and look forward to working with the University of Westminster on executing this project”, says Dr Aaron Ralby, inventor of Macunx VR and CEO of Linguisticator. “The ultimate aim of the project is to change the way we learn large and complex subjects. Rather than watering subjects down to make them easier, we want to empower people to learn rigorous disciplines by unlocking the potential of their spatial minds.”

“Westminster is very pleased to partner with Linguisticator on the development of Macunx VR”, says Markos Mentzelopoulos, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Westminster. “We have been working hard as an institution to promote research values and interests of the community through our graduate and research enterprise programs inspired by the latest immersive technologies for new generation apps.”

Crack open the champagne, chaps. Hope to meet you again someday!

Tom Ffiske
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