Echo Earth Experience (EEE) is a virtual reality (VR) experience, which simulates how marine mammals use echolocation to navigate underwater. Players transform into a beluga whale that uses echolocation as their main mechanism to navigate and search for food. This is a whimsical, experiential, simulation-based game where players must listen carefully and use echolocation to determine the direction of their food source.
EEE was originally conceived and created during the 2017 Global Game Jam at the University of Miami jam site by a team of University of Miami faculty and students and a Miami local. It was also was made with Unity and originally for Samsung Gear VR. Witness some of our 48-hour game jam journey here.
National Museum of American History
Echo Earth was selected as one of 48 projects for exhibition at the 2017 ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., from October 13-15, 2017. The festival had over 10,000 visitors each day, thousands of which got to experience Echo Earth first hand. Participants spanned many ages, including multi-generational families.
Special thanks to Samsung for their generous sponsorship of hardware, including numerous Samsung Gear VR sets and Smart TVs, during the festival.
The festival is a celebration of creative exploration and research happening across the ACC at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design (SEAD). It is an opportunity for all ACC schools to showcase their work to each other, potential ACC students and their parents, alumni, companies, legislators, and invited guests from the nation’s capital.
Smithsonian Magazine highlighted Echo Earth in its "These Collegiate Innovators Are at the Vanguard of Technology and Art" article summarizing the weekend festivites.
In August 2017, hundreds of Frost Science Museum visitors attended the LATE at Frost Science: SEEING 003 event and experienced an early version of Echo Earth. For many it was their first time experiencing VR, and we saw younger visitors were very successful at navigating and devouring fish!
Frost Science Museum, Miami, FL
Special thanks to Clay Ewing, Kim Grinfeder and Robbie Silverberg.Contact Us