VR & Immersive

The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps is being told across four mediums – a book, an album, the play and a unique immersive experience being built for OCULUS GO headsets and tablets.

VR headsets have an age restriction of 13+, and for that reason we are creating free standing tablet based versions of the game which will be available for audiences to interact with prior to and after the performance, prior to the VR experience itself.

You can download the game for FREE on tablets or mobile phones from the Google Play Store (search Raddlesham Mumps) or follow the link here.

As a taster here are some examples of other work that have been made by MBD:

The VR and immersive experience is made by MBD Ltd (see creatives page for more details about MBD)
Creative Director – Paul Long

The VR element of the project has been made possible by an R&D EIRA ( Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) Award.  EIRA is a £4.7m project funded by Research England to drive forward world class University commercialisation (see below for further  information).

As part of the project Dr Loes Van Dam and Prof Paul Hibbard of  the University of Essex will carry out Impact Research into the effectiveness of the VR, how audiences react to each element of the project (the book, album, VR and live show) and how one does or doesn’t encourage engagement with other elements.

We’ll be posting updates from the research on this site.

Vanessa Cuthill, Director of the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Essex said:

  ‘We are delighted to be investing in and providing academic expertise to support Murray’s Raddlesham Mumps project through our new EIRA programme. This is the first EIRA Grant for the R&D award and our first Digital Creative project. The EIRA team are excited by Murray’s innovative ideas for applying technology to the Raddlesham Mumps experience and for exploring transmedia storytelling. We can’t wait to see how the project unfolds and how the data gathered from the research can steer future collaborations.’

The small print - more about the EIRA Project

EIRA (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) supports innovation in the East of England by providing businesses with access to academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research through funding opportunities. Funded by £4.7 million of Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund, EIRA seeks to drive economic growth and productivity in the region.

EIRA started in April 2018 and will run until March 2021. This ground-breaking project harnesses the expertise of seven universities and colleges to offer knowledge exchange across three key areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology and digital creative. These themes support a known market need within the region. The network is led by the University of Essex and our Eastern ARC partners: the University of East Anglia and the University of Kent. The network also comprises the University of Suffolk, Harlow College, Norwich University of the Arts and Writtle University College. EIRA is further supported by BT Group, TechEast and AgriTech East, Digital Catapult, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

The EIRA project offers support for businesses through Innovation Vouchers, Research and Development Grants, i-Teams, Hothouse events, Start-up Microfinance and Innovation Internships. If you would like to find out more, get in touch with us through our website: www.eira.ac.uk.