Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Wednesday launched mobile digital planetariums in a bid to promote science and astronomy among students across the state using immersive learning technology.
The mobile planetariums, which the state government claims is the first such initiative in the country, will use two inflatable dome tents with fish eye lens projectors that will help recreate ambience and scenes of looking at the stars and outer space.
Home to some of the biggest names in the scientific community and headquarters of premier agencies like the Indian Space Research Organistions (ISRO), the state government is experimenting with immersive learning technology to get more students interested in space and other sciences.
Five customised vans have been developed at a cost of Rs1.9 crore each for this purpose will tour district headquarters across the state.
Anant Kulkarni, director at Varnaaz Technologies Pvt Ltd, a Bengaluru-based technology training company, said that the each tent—imported from Hong Kong—can accommodate 30-40 students at a time.
Kulkarni said that the entire project, which began development around two years ago, costs around Rs6 crore.