Learning a new language or new skill is challenging at any age. Traditional methods usually take the form of book learning, perhaps coupled with parrot-fashion spoken sessions. Munx VR has broken away from traditional learning techniques by harnessing the power of the learner’s spatial memory and providing a platform to build bespoke memory palaces using VR Technology. Linguisticator have developed a piece of software that is both user friendly and flexible enough to be used for a range of subjects and disciplines. The software is now complete and the premium version was released on the gaming platform Steam in April 2019. KEEP+’s engagement with this innovative, new to market software followed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016. Munx VR has been steadily increasing its presence in the tech world with articles in Wired Magazine, BBC Click and a TEDx talk delivered by Linguisticator’s founder and CEO, Dr Aaron Ralby.
Linguisticator was awarded an ERDF grant to procure an external consultant providing specialist development expertise to work on Munx VR. This funding covered 50% of the cost of a suitably qualified individual to work directly with the business to release an initial version of the software, gather feedback and refine the product. An online shopfront was also developed to successfully market the new product, demonstrating the adaptability and application of this innovative technology.
By creating this innovative new product, the introduction of the software to Linguisticator’s existing learning technology catalogue promotes growth within the business and this, coupled with increased profitability and sector presence, has created a real step change for Linguisticator. The premium version of Munx VR was released in April 2019 and, in June Linguisticator started releasing guided memory palaces for specific subjects. They are now consistently releasing pre-built memory palaces, publishing them through their store and are currently working on memory palaces for languages as well as other subjects. For each memory palace, videos are being released on YouTube. The latest for French vocabulary was added just a couple of days ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti8j-5AYAQ4 and others can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/user/LinguisticatorCourse/videos
The overall project value of the collaboration was approximately £25k of which ERDF awarded a grant for £12.5k.
Once confirmed as eligible for ERDF funding, Linguisticator completed a simple application form for a KEEP+ consultancy grant, providing quotes and justification for the proposed consultancy activity. This was assessed and approved by a panel and a formal grant offer was issued and accepted.
The consultancy intervention lasted for approximately one year. During that time the business and consultant worked together to design, test, launch, refine, and expand the new product.
“The ultimate aim of the project is to change the way we learn large and complex subjects. Rather than watering subjects down to make them easier, we want to empower people to learn rigorous disciplines by unlocking the potential of their spatial minds.”