The inspiration for this project came from the lack of social skills observed in children during the 2020 pandemic. This insight led to discovering an opportunity within the homeschooling context that has existed for a number of years. Resources to successfully transfer educational material from school to home is available, but what is not available is the organic relationships children’s foster through play, interacting with other children from different backgrounds and developing social skills through that interaction.
The aim of this project is to to enable children to find those organic opportunities to meet with other children and be able to foster social skills through play. The project is set in the near future where technology is able to to provide enhanced augmentation through advancement in virtual reality technology. Using these technologies children signed up to Ollie are able to play with each other under semi-supervision of the parent.