Cardano’s creator IOHK will soon be rolling out a virtual reality (VR) based educational tool aimed at introducing blockchain technology to students. With the help of VR, learners will be able to experience blockchain technology in a rather novel way. The announcement was made by IOHK CEO, Charles Hoskinson.
Cardano and Virtual Reality
The Virtual Reality model will have the same interface as that employed by Symphony of Blockchain but will come with a VR set for viewers to explore the Bitcoin blockchain more closely. Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK said:
“IOHK has a commitment to both education and design and this captivating and complex data visualization is the perfect combination of both. It’s beautiful as much as it is functional and our hope is that it will help make blockchain truly understandable for a whole new audience.”
The Symphony of Blockchain has drawn praise, with a renowned blockchain news portal describing it as “fascinating art” and “a breathtaking tool.” Speaking about the upcoming VR tool, Mark Lundin, Creative Partner at Kuva, said, “The best part is that it’s only the beginning and we will continue to work with IOHK to unveil further blockchain visuals that capture the unique essence of this complex technology.”
Symphony of Blockchain
The Symphony of Blockchain website suggests that it is a tool that lets users interact with a 3D model of the blockchain. It is a 3D representation of the blockchain with each block presented at a different depth to the viewer. This means that the oldest block is at the lowest level, while the most recently mined blocks are nearer to the viewer.
Source: Symphony of Blockchains
The educational tool uses high-quality graphics and sounds to make learning more engaging, and the learner can select any date using the calendar button available below. Once a block has been selected by the user, details such as total fee, input and output value in bitcoin, are shown on the left. Below that, other information such as the block height, block hash, and the number of transactions in the block are displayed.
IOHK describes its tool as “An interactive, visual and auditory exploration of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.”
IOHK Teaching Haskell
The Cardano blockchain has been programmed using Haskell, a purely functional programming language. The blockchain company is teaching Haskell to students at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece. Cardano believes that in order to take knowledge of blockchain technology to developing countries, such as India, it is necessary to bring flexible languages like Haskell to the masses.
Blockchain and VR
IOHK is not the only company exploring the use of virtual reality in blockchain technology. Decentraland lets gamers own parcels of virtual land where records are maintained on a decentralized ledger. The game allows users to use VR headsets to interact with objects in the game as they explore and build houses or businesses on their land.
Another project, Ceek, will let users teleport themselves to a distant location, allowing them to audience VR concerts of their favorite music artists.
— Bitcoin Art Gallery (@btcArtGallery) November 24, 2017
As far as using 3D technology for teaching blockchain is concerned, blockchain 3D explorer offers another learning tool. The VR version of the explorer uses Google Cardboard to interact with Bitcoin blockchain.