Scuba is now on Kickstarter!

With much waited anticipation, we’re pleased to announce our Kickstarter funding campaign for Scuba’s Ocean..

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Scuba is now on Kickstarter!

With much waited anticipation, we’re pleased to announce our Kickstarter funding campaign for Scuba’s Ocean Odyssey! We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time and we’re just getting started!

With a successful funding of this project, we can take this to a whole new level! We hope you will support us in our goal!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1002761677/scubas-ocean-odyssey-vr-experience?ref=project_build

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Scuba is unveiled at Play NYC 2018

The best part about playing new video games is playing them for the first time..

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Scuba is unveiled at Play NYC 2018

The best part about playing new video games is playing them for the first time in front of a huge crowd. On August 11-12, 2018, people from all over the New York area came to attend Play NYC’s 2018 annual gaming expo – hosted by Playcrafting.

Play NYC is New York’s premier dedicated game convention for creators and players alike. Featuring the latest releases from studios large and small, and from developers old and new, Play NYC celebrates every facet of gaming in a way that only the Big Apple can.

Launched in 2017, the first-ever Play NYC convention gathered over 5,000 people for two packed days and nights of games, speakers and networking events. In 2018, Play NYC is back and even bigger in its new home – The Manhattan Center – packing all 4 floors of the historic Hammerstein Ballroom with games of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just want to bring the family for a day of fun games, everyone will find something to love.

Avolve Innovations presented its demo version of Scuba the Submersible’s Ocean Odyssey in virtual reality. The company’s first ever VR project quickly became a huge success as waves of crowds poured in to the expo to experienced it and many other indie games for the first time. Shamar Armstrong, Sounak Ghosh, Lili Ko, and Aaron Effinger were present to showcase the game. “Our first ever game is 100% full emersion in VR, built in Unity, and playable with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets,” said Shamar, co-founder and marketing director of Avolve Innovations, as he was being interview by Andre Alliance from TheShowRadio. “You play as Scuba, the underwater sub and hero of the ocean, and you must save your fish friends from the harmful pollution being caused by the large ‘Big Business’ ships swimming overhead, dumping garbage and toxic waste into the water.”

Andre Alliance from TheShowRadio interviews Shamar Armstrong, co-founder of Avolve Innovations on its upcoming game “Scuba’s Ocean Odyssey”

The game introduces custom-designed levels for hours of underwater exploration and problem-solving gameplay. There are many challenges to complete like saving the Old Wise Turtle, who is trapped inside huge garbage chunks.

Crafting the Water Cannon to save the Old Wise Turtle

Players will have the ability to gather materials and craft different tools at their Recycling Hub that are needed to help them along their journey, all the while cleaning up garbage and saving the ocean from plastic pollution.

“But that isn’t the complete goal,” Shamar states to Andrew. “This is also an educational game to bring awareness to the rapidly expanding garbage vortex called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or Plastic Paradise, that plagues our water. There are many charitable organizations across the world who are taking up the cause to find better solutions for recycling plastic and we at Avolve support their mission. As a software company, we aren’t physically going out to clean up garbage in the ocean. Instead, our goal is to use technology to partner with these charities and help spread awareness to their cause – and the best way we can do that is by creating video games and loveable characters. Characters like Y.U.R.I.E (Your Underwater Research Intelligence Entity) that people can relate to and educate them on these issues from real facts that are posted throughout our game.

Y.U.R.I.E (Your Underwater Research Intelligence Entity) is your A.I. guide within the game

By playing our game you will become more aware of the issues and empowered on how you might be able to help the cause. It may be something as simple as starting to recycle plastic bottles in your own home.”

Unveiling Scuba’s Ocean Odyssey was just the start of Avolve’s weekend. The team of 4 also connected with many of the other great developers and creators like the Llama Express, Saturday Morning Games, Haiduc, Way of Rhea, and Bizarre Barber (created by developers Maria Mishurenko and Gordey Chernyy). We also created a great relationship with the good folks from Virtual Realms, Long Island’s 1st VR arcade, whom loved Scuba so much they would like to have the game available in their own arcade! So it looks like things are on the up and up for both Scuba and Avolve!

You can also click here to listen a podcast interview by Behind The Indies and read the latest press release issued by Techraptor.net

You can also view photos of the Play NYC 2018 Expo from our perspective!

Stay in tuned as we will keep you informed on more news and expos to come. We will soon invite beta testers to try our game which is expected to launch December of 2018.

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Scuba’s visit to Propelify

This year’s Propelify event took place on the Hoboken Waterfront in New Jersey on May..

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Scuba’s visit to Propelify

This year’s Propelify event took place on the Hoboken Waterfront in New Jersey on May 17, 2018. It  was a huge success. We were pleased to share Scuba with many of the attendees and businesses there.

Propelify event in Hoboken, NJ.

Both, Shamar and Sounak attended the event and were greeted by crowds of professionals throughout the day who shared related experiences within the tech world – from technology investors, start-up companies, well-known businesses like Amazon’s Audible.com, and many enthusiasts who were looking to participate in any way they can.

Shamar Armstrong, co-founder of Avolve Innovations (left) stands with Sounak Ghosh, 3D Artist of Avolve Innovations (right) against the Propelify sponsor backdrop.

No event can be complete without having great food!

At Propelify, we made many connections with other tech savvy professionals and businesses who primarily held interest within the VR and AR (Virtual and Augmented Reality) sector.  We experienced companies like Agile Lens, which specialize in immersive design. Additionally we held lots of discussions with everyone we came across from New Jersey administrative businesses, health care companies like the RWJ Barnabas’ health care booth, which showcased their own VR projects, and representatives from self-help organizations who showed a general interest to learn more about virtual reality.

An attendee viewing Scuba the Submersible’s Ocean Odyssey VR demo.

Sounak and I obtained a great deal of knowledge and inspiration at Propelify. We also presented our own project, “Scuba the Submersible’s Ocean Odyssey” VR Demo on the Google Play Android App Store. Everyone who witnessed the Scuba demo were interested in learning more about our project. Unfortunately, our company budget limited us to sharing just one cardboard headset at a time (and Sounak’s cell phone, which kept sliding out of the cardboard and dropping to the ground [sorry, Sounak]).

The idea we had around presenting Scuba as an educational awareness, VR game enlightening people to the growing concern of plastic pollution in our oceans, was highly accepted by everyone. We hope our demo will be enough to get people interested in investing into our company!

The event also had many speakers who talked about the ever-changing world of technology and how great it was to have so many of its greatest innovators all here in one area.

You can download a FREE VR Demo of Scuba the Submersible’s Ocean Odyssey today from the Google Play Store for Android devices (not for iPhone IOS yet). Although you can view the demo without a vr headset, it does help to have one in order to give you that complete immersive experience. OR if you’re feeling very generous and just want to help out with our project by submitting a nice gesture of appreciation you can send donations to our website here at: http://scuba.avolveinnovations.com/donate-to-the-cause

The money we raise for Scuba will be used to help fund initiatives for charities who focus on rectifying the growing plastic pollution concerns.

We learned a great deal on this day and were excited about how well our project was accepted by the public. The visit to Propelify was another successful promotion for Scuba, but if there are any takeaways from this day, it’s to make sure we have extra sticky tape! (Sorry again, Sounak!)

 

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Scuba makes a ‘Big Splash’ on Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22, 2018. Worldwide, various events are..

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Scuba makes a ‘Big Splash’ on Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22, 2018. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

In the spirit of Earth Day, Avolve Innovations unveiled it’s latest ‘Scuba’ project to the public at Echo Hill park in Flemington, New Jersey. The goal was to notify the public of a new virtual reality experience in which the player controls Scuba the Sub in this new virtual reality game. As Scuba, you must fight to rid your underwater home of the harmful pollution that poses a serious threat to you and your ocean friends.

“We had a great turnout,” says Shamar Armstrong, co-founder of Avolve Innovations. “We had a lot of people visit our table during this Earth Day event. We were pleased to see just how much both parents and kids were excited to see that we weren’t just creating another video game, but that this game is based on a real-life situation regarding the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that poses a real threat to our environment.” Brian Sprinitis, also co-founder of Avolve Innovations, added, “As people play our game we know they will be completely engulfed with the beautiful gameplay that our developers have put together. One of our  main goals is to help instill a sense of urgency. Our hope is that through our game people will see the importance of keeping our world clean and in turn will also want to do more to help support the environment. As a technology company, we aim to spread awareness to this growing problem by having people experience our game for themselves.”

Shamar Armstrong [left in white shirt] and Brian Sprinitis [right in grey shirt], founders of Avolve Innovations, at the Earth Day event April, 2018.

Avolve Innovations’ table consisted of its 1st cinematic trailer for the new Scuba VR game. We also had a recycling game set up in the field to teach kids about the different types of recycled materials and placing them in the correct bins. Additionally we had a VR demo of the ocean reef that unveiled Scuba in his underwater environment at the coral reef, and many giveaways such as Scuba the Submersible’s Ocean Odyssey t-shirts, virtual reality headsets, and carry-on bags made from recycled plastic.

Below are a few photos from the Avolve Innovations table.

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An EPIC adventure in virtual reality!

Experience the new underwater adventure in virtual reality! In this open exploration underwater adventure, you..

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An EPIC adventure in virtual reality!

Experience the new underwater adventure in virtual reality!

In this open exploration underwater adventure, you play as Scuba the Submersible, the intelligent robot tasked with exploring the ocean depths and helping rid the environment of pollution.

The Inspiration

Setting the Scene. The story of Scuba the Submersible is an action packed, fun-filled, thrill..

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The Inspiration

Setting the Scene.

The story of Scuba the Submersible is an action packed, fun-filled, thrill ride of intense game play thru virtual reality that tests your problem solving skills through difficult challenges — all the while, giving you the freedom to explore the open water environment.

You are Scuba, the great hero of the Pacific ocean reef, and you must save your home and your underwater fish friends from the pollution being caused by the evil Big Business garbage ships that coast above the surface.

But there is another, not-so-hidden, agenda that serves as the living soul of the VR experience.

The Problem.

Today, there exists a huge vortex of plastic garbage that has accumulated over many years from dumping and polluting our oceans.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988. The patch extends over an indeterminate area of widely varying range depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.

The patch is a concentration of plastic, chemical sludge, and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Its low density (4 particles per cubic meter) prevents detection by satellite imagery, or even by casual boaters or divers in the area. It consists primarily of a small increase in suspended, often microscopic, particles in the upper water column.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch

So how long does plastic take to decompose?

450 years!

Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take too long to decompose. Normally, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-1000 years to decompose, while plastic bottles can take 450 years or more.
https://www.thebalance.com/how-long-does-it-take-garbage-to-decompose-2878033

So what does all of this mean?

In short, the plastic isn’t going away. When you throw away a plastic shopping bag or a plastic water bottle, it doesn’t disappear. it ends up here…

…causing much harm to the environment.

The Solution.

Recycling is the top method of choice to tackle the issue, but the process of gathering the pollution is a grueling task. Thankfully, there are many private and charitable organizations who care enough to do something about it.

In ‘Scuba the Submersible’s Ocean Odyssey’, the user will encounter real-life scenarios and learn about statistics on how many tons of plastic exist floating in the ocean today and the different types of marine life that are impacted by it.

It’s About Creating Awareness.

By partnering with these charities, our aim at Avolve Innovations is to increase awareness about this real-life threat by educating the users and empowering them to take action, all the while enjoying a vr experience of underwater exploration.

Donate to the Cause!

We Need Your Help! Our top goal for the game is to spread awareness to..

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Donate to the Cause!

We Need Your Help!

Our top goal for the game is to spread awareness to the growing problem of continued pollution to our oceans through in-game experiences and educate you on the problem-solving solutions that many private and charitable organizations have applied their efforts to.





 

That’s why we ask you to donate whatever you can!

The money raised will continue to go towards Scuba’s efforts to spread awareness throughout communities and support the missions of the organizations who are doing something to tackle this plastic pollution problem!