Underwater drone x ocean VR “Virtual Ocean Project” open to the public from March 18, 2022 (Friday), “VR space” where you can learn about marine environmental issues and work in the ocean | Ocean and Japan Project Public Office of Press Release Relations


The committee, dubbed the “Virtual Ocean Project”, will pass from 2019. We are working towards this goal.

In 2021, we will use the latest IT/VR technology and underwater drones to provide online courses for students in many elementary schools, junior high schools, and inpatient classes across the country.
By opening the “VR space” used in the project to the public on the XR platform “DOOR” provided by NTT, it becomes possible for various people to understand the ocean and marine environmental issues in the VR space. …This initiative will be implemented as part of the Nippon Foundation’s “Sea and Japan Project”.

How to participate
You can enter the VR space by clicking on the item’s URL (see below) on your PC or smartphone. Enjoy a variety of content while walking around the area, as if you were in an underwater base. Additionally, there are multiple VR spaces, each of which can be switched back and forth.

VR Space: You can move in and out of the VR space linked below.

XR platform “DOOR”: https://door.ntt/
“DOOR” is a social XR platform provided by NTT.

【Learn about the sea in the VR space “Classroom of the Sea”】

In the VR space with the theme of an undersea base, content related to the sea is scattered, and you can learn about the importance of the ocean and the problems of the ocean (marine debris problem, warming, etc.).
At the same time, there are a lot of fun elements like changing the clothes of the underwater drone object and the original avatar of this project, and warping to other submarine bases.

【Virtual Ocean Project とは】

Through the VR content experience, we are working to communicate the magnificence of the ocean and the problems that are happening in the ocean, such as the problem of microplastics and ocean acidification, to a broad generation.

For the 2019 event, experience booths will be set up at Hakone-en Aquarium and Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, combining the 360-degree live video and VR technology of the water drone, as if riding a water drone. You can get to know the sea through a VR experience like swimming in a building’s tank.

In 2020, our goal is to reduce the chances of going to sea due to corona injuries and physical disabilities, and to close the experience gap for children who cannot go to sea, 360 zoom and cameras equipped with underwater drones We held a VR experience with Online maritime classes combined with video.

In 2021, we will continue to conduct multiple online study-at-sea courses in our residency programs across Japan. In addition to the online courses we have completed so far, we have also held courses in VR spaces so that we can learn about the ocean through new experiences.
Over the next year, we will continue to advance projects that use cutting-edge IT technology to make learning about the oceans more accessible to more people.

■ Outline of this year’s implementation
・July 27, 2021 Ooruri Division of Tochigi Prefectural Okamoto Special Needs School
We conducted a task-based online course for 12 students
・ September 15, 2021 Kanagawa Prefectural Yokohama Minami Special Education School
We conducted an online course with VTuber for 7 students
・ September 24, 2021, and November 16, 2021 inpatient classes
・December 23, 2021
Aichi Prefectural School for Special Needs, Fujita Medical University Hospital Inpatient Class, Nagoya University Hospital Inpatient Class

We connected students from 3 schools to Zoom and ran online classes for 38 elementary and 18 middle school students.
・ March 17, 2021 Inpatient class at Nagoya University Hospital
We conducted an online course for middle school students using the VR space.

You can view other past events and classes here.


Group Profile

Group Name: Children’s Adventure Experience Creation Lab
Headquarters location: 2F, Akasaka Ito Building, 7-10-9, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone number: 090-8328-4510
Representative Director: Xingchuan Dadi
Established: 2021/2/25
URL: https://www.virtualocean.jp/

Virtual Ocean Project
“Virtual Ocean Project” is a project that uses the latest IT technology and underwater drones to send new ocean VR content to the world. Through the VR content experience, we will communicate the magnificence of the sea and the ongoing problems to a broad range of generations.

Nippon Foundation “Sea and Japan Project”

The sea supports Japanese life in a variety of ways, sometimes as a source of reassurance, excitement, and inspiration. The future of the project promoted by All Japan in order to make the people of the whole country consider the current situation such as environmental degradation that occurs in the ocean as “own” and expand the scope of action to transmit the ocean to the ocean.morning

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