Deployment of 20,000 VR devices pre-installed with the Group’s Immersive STEM learning library
Dev Clever, a leading developer of online and immersive career guidance, learning and development platforms, is pleased to announce a material contract from Question What’s Real (“QWR”), an Asia-based VR hardware manufacturer and distributor operating on behalf of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (“CAS”). The contract is for an initial 20,000 VR devices to be deployed to users in China, pre-installed with the Group’s immersive STEM learning library.
The initial devices will begin to be distributed shortly after the Chinese New Year in February 2022. The Company will receive US$150 per device on an annual recurring SaaS subscription basis. Subject to the success of the initial roll-out, there is an option to extend the partnership to include between 15,000 and 30,000 additional devices in 2022. In addition to the immersive STEM-based content, the VR headsets will also incorporate a healthcare app, developed by QWR and CAS, with the objective of reducing myopia through the use of VR.
Background on CAS and QWR
CAS, in conjunction with the Chinese Academy of Engineering – collectively known as the ‘Two Academies’ – functions as the national scientific think tank and academic governing body, providing advisory and appraisal services on issues stemming from the national economy, social development, and progress in science and technology.
CAS and the Jiangxi Provincial People’s Government jointly established the ‘Jiangxi Industrial Technology Innovation and Incubation Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’. This focuses on the major scientific and technological needs of Jiangxi’s economic and social development. Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province, is being positioned as the ‘VR capital of the world’.
QWR, is a leading manufacturer, developer, and distributor of cutting-edge immersive VR, AR, and MR devices and experiences with operations in multiple countries globally from Asia.
Chris Jeffries, CEO of Dev Clever, commented:
“As Dev Clever continues its global expansion, with a presence now in North America, India, the UK and the United Arab Emirates, we are very pleased to be adding a partnership in China.
“China, as one of the largest education markets in the world, has led education VC investment growth over the past five years and we are excited to be working with both CAS and QWR to further education in the sciences. CAS has an outstanding reputation and we are delighted to be partnering with such an esteemed international institution.
“As the world continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a marked increase in enquiries for our products and services from educational authorities globally. We are excited about the expansion of our pipeline and look forward to growing our presence in China and beyond.”