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Can VR help save New Zealand’s endangered birds? Squawk Squad thinks so

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Can VR help save New Zealand’s endangered birds? Squawk Squad thinks so

For Conservation Week this week, social enterprise Squawk Squad and virtual reality studio M Theory have joined forces to go into the classroom and get children excited about saving New Zealand’s native birds through VR technology. The experience takes the viewer through a forest journey alongside a robin bird, who encounter friends and predators along the way.

A walk in the park

Bastion Point, a park perched on top of a hill overlooking Mission Bay, receives 500,000 visitors annually, but the cultural history of the place remains mostly invisible. A high-tech tourism offering hopes to change this, with local iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei partnering with creative agency M Theory to launch an AR tour app that brings the tales usually told orally to life.

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As part of Idealog's Technology Month, we've picked the brains of some of the movers and shakers in the industry to find out their favourite tech-related things, their biggest fears for the future and what other companies and individuals inspire their work. Here's Method Digital managing director Sam Ramlu.