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Prima Facia(TM) means "Trust in Life", a Socially Enabling Interface Remote Learning, Equity, Community and something else -

Prima Facia is a new VR Interface to enable realistic human interactions among students, teachers and peers in a uniquely comfortable way.

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  • I built the world's 1st Internet based Training Management and Delivery Sys. in FDA regulated envir.

Tell us about your idea

Learning is a social endeavor. Peer-to-peer interactions are crucial. All other software falls short. Interactive social environments require individual mobility and private/semi-private cross-talk capability.

Enhancements to create a SOCIALLY ENABLING INTERFACE.

VIDEO ENHANCEMENT - not being limited to a box.

A live stream of the user's face becomes their avatar in the VR classroom.

Users are free to move and interact with others. Movement is similar to RPGs.

Individualized instruction and ad hoc groups are fully enabled. 

AUDIO ENHANCEMENT - hearing like real life.

"On stage" audio is broadcast to all users.

Audio can be localized to only hear peers who are virtually near, permitting more natural interactions. 

Teachers may localize their audio output for individualized instruction.


User’s face is streamed into the system. Background is ignored. Static pictures are not allowed. No data is stored.

This interface can be stand-alone or replace a current LMS interface.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Creating a more natural, user friendly virtual environment, crowded classrooms become a thing of the past. Enabling natural peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student interactions, this system is Light Years Ahead of all other video conferencing software. Tuning a Learning System to meet HUMAN NEEDS is key. Communications means are limited by technology. Prima Facia(TM) enables user-to-user interactions for students and educators that feel real and unhampered by the current limits of technology.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I first developed this idea while building the world's first Internet-based Training Management and Delivery System for pharmaceutical companies in an FDA regulated environment (1999 to 2000). The idea for this system, while not technologically feasible then, seemed a natural fusion between the real and the virtual. Today's technology is imminently capable. Every smartphone can be a fully interactive classroom. The human need to be heard has never dimmed.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

Greater Los Angeles, nuff said? How about homeless, druggies and kids on the street? The menagerie of human life is abundantly diverse.


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Welcome to the Challenge, Gary Frans and thank you for your idea! Your mention of VR technologies reminds me of the Big Screen entertainment platform -

I'm curious to hear if there is additional hardware or software that might be need to be distributed to students to participate in this experience? Additionally, are there any modifications that could be made to your idea to accommodate the needs of students who may be prone to motion sickness while using VR headsets?

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Hi Naman, Thank you for the nice (and prompt) comments. Please allow me to clarify. Other VR solutions project the immersive experience toward the user via VR headsets, tactile gloves, 3D screens, etcetera. I do not suggest competing in that very well funded 3D arena.
My idea takes the opposite approach to VR. The user's live image (captured from their front facing camera) is projected into a virtual 2D world. Users sees themselves within the environment from an essentially top-down view (except that everybody's face is facing upwards. Weird to describe but it works). By seeing themselves and the other users within the environment, the user mentally becomes their live image within the environment. Any modern laptop, pc or smartphone will be sufficient. A local software package will likely be required. No additional hardware will be required.
Sorry I was unclear. Character limitations necessitated over simplification. There is a lot more to this idea. Education is but one part. The same interface also works as a Social Media App, Virtual Customer Service, eCommerce and other areas.

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Thank you for clarifying that, Gary, and my apologies for the confusion! I'm wondering if you could update your idea to include some sketches/screenshots/images of the environment to help illustrate what you are describing?

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Hi Naman,
My artistic skills are somewhat lacking so... despite repeated attempts, no visuals, sorry. HOWEVER, I did notice you may be more properly inclined to such artistic endeavors?
To give an idea to the appearance of Prima Facia, cut out a bunch of face pictures about the size of a coin and drop them on a square sheet of paper representing any computer or smartphone screen/monitor. The background behind the faces is cosmetic only and does not effect the system operation. The faces are free to move around the room. The key to this system is seeing yourself and other people around you and interacting normally as you would in person, hearing those close to you, but not those far away, while always hearing the announcer/teacher/lecturer/entertainer.

Your skills as a design engineer caught my eye. Could you take a look at another idea I posted? I also need visuals to properly present that idea too. Its called Escape Pods for Humanity (EPs). EPs are designed to massive reduce homelessness cheaply and humanely. Take the components of an electric bicycle, add a lightweight frame the size and shape of a one person cot. The frame is designed to secure 1 or 2 carry-on luggage beneath the bed. Put a lightweight fiberglass shell around it. Add two gull-wing doors and a solar panel. Bingo - you have an inexpensive mobile bed that provides short-range transportation, secure storage of personal possessions, protection from the elements and a means of recharging personal electronics. Very basic, no amenities, EPs are envisioned to be so inexpensive that social service agencies (government and NGOs) can give one to every homeless person in their city. Cheaply made, they are essentially disposable eliminating the need for service and repairs. Being made of bicycle parts, almost any backyard mechanic or bike shop can handle repairs. With the Covid virus crisis, they also act as wonderful, portable isolation pods. Would you be interested in collaborating on Escape Pods?
Perhaps email directly if system permits?

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Thank you for your response Gary Frans and I apologize for the tardiness of my response. These are some wonderful thoughts, and I appreciate the vivid description of your visuals. It reminds me a little of some top-down RPG interfaces. As a follow up question, I am wondering what hardware users would use to control their avatar on the screen? I also encourage you to update your submission with the additional details you have provided in your comments, to make sure that all of your thoughts are captured for the evaluators!

To answer your question about Escape Pods for Humanity, while I do not have the capacity to support the idea at this time, I will keep a lookout for folks within the OpenIDEO network who might be able to help. I also encourage you to browse through some of our previous challenges that may have some inspiration for your idea or individuals you could collaborate with -