Lifeliqe from CREDITAS Group enters China, launches an educational metaverse in Chinese schools
The Czech technology startup Lifeliqe from the CREDITAS Group is now coming to Asia after the US market. It has started a partnership in China. The innovators from Brno are digitizing Chinese education by supplying hundreds of schools in and around Shanghai with monitors with holograms of 3D models. They will also launch their own “holoverse” laboratories in mid-2023.
Lifeliqe has been successful with its educational software for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 3D models. In China, it has joined forces with the local company General Plan Menco (GP Menco). Their joint project is a newly formed Joint Venture (JV) company based in Shanghai.
GP Menco supplies hardware solutions in the form of double-sided monitors enabling holographic display. Lifeliqe uploads software in the form of 3D models. The model is displayed as a hologram on the monitor, and the student or teacher controls it with the touch of a finger. The solution is particularly suitable for teaching science, such as biology, physics or chemistry.
“We hope that our projects will have a positive impact on the Chinese education. We believe our joint solutions will make education in China more accessible and engaging for all,” says Yang Daping, CEO and co-owner of GP Menco.
Hundreds of schools in and around Shanghai are involved in the first phase of the project. “The future of education lies in IT technology, and we are pleased to be able to further develop in this area thanks to the support of the CREDITAS Group. We are working with strong partners in China, such as China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator,” explains Matouš Tlapák, Director of the Czech branch of Lifeliqe.
The second phase of the project in China is the “holoverse” laboratories. Lifeliqe is currently developing and testing 3D software to demonstrate experiments in chemistry and physics classes. “Holoverse is kind of our internal term for the educational metaverse. It doesn’t enclose people in virtual reality goggles but allows for cooperation on holographic displays,” describes Matouš Tlapák.
The Czech startup plans the first real deployment of the labs in Chinese schools in the first half of the next year. China is already the second global market which Lifeliqe is penetrating. It has been scoring points in the US, where it has received a $3 million grant through the SANDI project, and it is helping the state of Nevada to fight unemployment through virtual retraining courses.
A new partnership in China and a successful collaboration in the United States in the area of the provision of services in combination with virtual simulation have currently placed Matouš Tlapák among the Computerworld’s TOP IT Personalities of 2022.