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NatureSims combines biological, psychological and ecological research with inventive virtual and augmented reality technology to create enjoyable and educational VR and AR experiences. 

The Goal: allow players to defy the limitations of their own bodies, to experience the world from the vantage of other living creatures—a vastly different and mind-expanding reality. 

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See the world through the eyes of our animal cousins. Experience the challenges they face as a matter of course. Experience their highs and their lows as they wind their way from one challenging stage of life to the next. 

Connect with non-human living beings in a way not heretofore possible in our hybrid video games and nature simulations. Now, you can live the nature documentary as an active participant—a bystander in life no more!  

Step outside your own perspective! Look at the world in an entirely new way! 

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NatureSims CEO/Founder Kai Evenson worked with leading butterfly researchers around the world in order to make MonarchVR a true first-perspective experience. Evenson and his team have developed completely unique methods of using VR to deliver realistic butterfly flight, vision and feeding in what is essentially a mix of virtual reality game, nature simulation and immersive nature documentary. 

MonarchVR’s environment is loosely based on the Minnesota horse farm where Evenson grew up. Working outside on the farm, he had the chance to witness the full monarch butterfly life span as they would blanket the trees around the family home every year. 

That started Evenson thinking about how the world would appear if one could become the butterfly, and now he’s done just that. 

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MonarchVR is the first project of many exploring the ability to give humans the ability to gain animal perspectives never before thought possible. Every animal possesses unique abilities and survival methodologies that will keep our nature simulations fresh and exciting every time. 

“What is it like to be a bat?” This is the famous question posed by American philosopher Thomas Nagel regarding the limitations of consciousness and the mind-body problem: the relationship between thought and consciousness in the human mind, and the brain as part of the physical body. Monarch VR and our other nature simulations explore this issue in an entirely unique way. 

We have thoughts about what’s next but will also be looking for feedback from our VR gamer community, as well as educators and others who will find applications for our work. We are looking forward to exploring more than just the physical world of the butterfly; the goal is for the experience to allow all of us to understand ourselves as well. 

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Our first animal perspective-based VR game, Frogworld allows players to experience time spent as an American bullfrog jumping, crawling and swimming its’ (your) way through the natural world. Hunt flies for sustenance, survive busy road crossings, and avoid predators with long snouts and sharp beaks. 

This virtual reality game is available on Oculus and Steam and delivers an immersive look at the effects of pollution, environmental degradation and climate change. Get a taste of what it’s like to have your home environment polluted, the very water in which you live becoming poisonous to the touch. 

The end goal? Find a new healthy ecosystem to call home. 

It won’t be easy! It’s a big day for a little frog!  

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