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Layer of the week: Creating awareness with ‘The Ocean is in Your Hand’

Redactie May 11, 2010

The Layar of this week is ‘The Ocean is in your Hand’ by Norman Chee. Norman is a student from Malaysia and experimented with Layar for his final project. Not only did he create his first layer with cool 3D objects, he also has a goal that makes the layer special: to create awareness for the threatened marine life in our oceans, supporting the World Wildlife Fund.

In the layer, you can find 3D animals that live underwater. By clicking on them, you can read more about their life and threat of extinction through the WWF website. To spread the awareness, you can take screenshots of the ocean creatures and forward them to others. We got in touch with Norman to tell us more about this project.

How do you create awareness with your layer?
Norman: “My layer lets you learn more about endangered marine life. There are two meanings behind the title of my layer. One is that the you can explore the ocean for endangered marine life through the mobile phone in your hand, and the other is that the future of ocean life depends on us.”

What can we do with your layer?
Norman: “You’re able to explore and find endangered marine life such as sharks, turtles, corals and fish in certain areas. First of all, you open the layer and look for these endangered species. By finding them you can see what the creatures look like in 3D. You can learn more about that species from a link attached that connects to the WWF website.”

Any other thoughts, ideas or things you’d like to share?
Norman: “There are many possibilities that can be achieved through layar. Because I am a designer with very little knowledge on the programming part, the things that I am able to do are limited. I would like to thank Hoppala! for helping me create this layer.
I am looking forward to the growth of layar and more things to be done with it, such as animated 3Ds. And of course, I hope that my project has raised and will continue to raise much awareness about the ocean.”

So far, ‘The Ocean is in your hand’ is only available in Malaysia, since Norman started his project on a small scale. The layer has more possibilities to spread on a larger scale. Keep an eye on Norman’s blog, where you can find the progress of his project and more about the layer.

All other new layers can be found in the Catalog.


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