Penzance-based Ocean3D has supercharged its accessibility service after investing in a new camera.

A £2000 grant from The Inclusivity Project has enabled Cornish company Ocean3D to take its accessibility service to the next level. 

The company was using a legacy system to scan venues and create the tours, but thanks to The Inclusivity Project has now upgraded to the latest state-of-the-art Matterport Pro 3D camera. The new camera will provide greater accuracy and higher resolution images, and help Ocean3D develop its accessibility service.  

Ocean3D’s interactive tours are used for accessibility, marketing, safety, and anxiety reduction by a wide range of sectors including education, health, law-enforcement, transport and tourism. Visiting new places can be stressful for people with certain disabilities, mental health conditions or autism spectrum disorder.  The virtual reality tours allow visitors to explore the venue in advance, enabling them to check accessibility for wheelchairs or specialist equipment, or familiarise themselves with a new environment. 

Current projects include making art more accessible at the Tate gallery in St Ives and working with transport providers to make public transport and air transport more accessible for people with hidden conditions or injuries. Ocean3D will use the new camera to create accessible tours including archaeological/ historical locations, The RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station and Penzance Heliport, with scanning due to start before the end of Summer.

Ocean 3D using the camera purchased by The Inclusivity Project's grant funding

My partner and NED, Rosalind Osborne, was invaluable in identifying the ability of this technology to help people with hidden conditions and for linking us with Nationally acclaimed colleges who now use our technology and experience to make locations more accessible.

This new camera will allow us to offer a greater degree of accuracy and clarity to the people who most need it.

Chris Wood

Photographer and business owner, Ocean 3D

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