Hello, I’m Ricky Vuckovic.

I run a creative and educational technology studio in Canberra:
Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, public installations, and a whole lot of experimental and original work for clients who want to mix digital technology with education and play.

I also help organisations to build their own creative studios and capabilities in creating awesome digital learning and play resources.

For instance…

Virtual Reality fire fighter training

I created this professional fire fighter training software package for Presence Fire Training (USA) in 2016. It was the first professional VR fire training product in the world, using fully accurate position and hand tracking for selecting appropriate extinguishers, pulling the pin (catering for both left and right handed responders), and performing the industry standard “PASS method” for safely and effectively extinguishing fires.

Roborah – the news and chat show completely created and spoken by artificial intelligence

Roborah is a 5 minute news, music and chit-chat show scripted and voiced completely by an artificial intelligence program that I wrote. The two AI hosts, “Spencer” and “Jess” look at what’s making headlines on the day, bring their own artificial interpretations and comments to the show, and even play music that is completely computer generated at the time of recording. This is the only podcast in the world currently written and spoken completely by AI.

SouthCare Mountain Rescue educational game

I was approached by the Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue service to create an iPad game for kids to help spread the message of safety, emergency preparedness, and to help kids learn about the rescue service and how it all works. The game features the work and voices of the real SouthCare crew, including paramedic, aircrewman, pilot, doctor, and other highly trained staff from the service,

Digital heritage, 3D scanning and interactive touch screen

Helping the world enjoy these amazing 2,500 year old ancient Roman and Greek artifacts from the ANU Classics Museum. These were on display on Classics website and in a custom-made touchscreen installation.

I did the 3D scanning work completely on-site, and captured details as fine as ancient graffito scratches and the fingerprints of the artist that glazed a plate 2,000 years ago.

Online educational design and technology

Assisting educational institutions in curriculum design, educational technology, building media studios, video production, and helping academics take their first steps into online teaching.

“Pillar Talk”

If you love having funny conversations with Siri and other robots, you are going to love this artificially intelligent talking screen coming soon to Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Canberra. This completely original piece is an example of what you get when you ask, “Ricky, I want something totally new and amazing that the world has never seen before.”
(due to be installed in December 2018)

Quick example: ANU Classics Museum

3D scans and multi-touch screen displaying ancient artifacts as old as 500 BC.

Services

The list below gives you an idea of some of the approaches I work with, but your best first step is simply to make contact with me and we can have a casual chat about your project. Most projects start with a chat about your overall idea, rather than you needing to name an exact technology to ask for.

I also offer prototyping and concept design services to help you take an idea in your head and work it through some initial designs and test technologies to help you decide what approach works best for your big idea.

Games

Experimental technology

Mind-controlled applications

Gamification

The result…

We needed someone at very short notice to work with – a designer to develop the Saltwater educational kiosk for the Saltwater: Bark Paintings from Yirrkala exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The application needed to be robust enough to withstand public use in a museum context and user friendly for a wide audience. It also needed to be easy for the museum staff to install. Ricky was not only able to do this without any problems, he brought extra expertise to the project improving the video compression, and enhancing the interactive features and usability. Katie Hayne

Project Manager of 'Saltwater'

I have used Pogg with articulation clients, non-verbal clients, clients who are working on sentence formulation and even with my daughter!. Pogg has certainly found a permanent place in my speech therapy, ‘bag of tricks’. Andrea Quinn

M.S., C.C.C., Speech Pathologist

I am so glad to have enrolled in and taken this gem of a class at this time! The entire course is concise and well-produced (among the best-produced that I’ve seen on Udemy to date!), with great lighting and sound, and the instructor is truly engaging and effective in front of the camera Debbie Hart

Student in my How to Talk to Camera online course

Get in touch!

If you need help in making great things with technology, or need someone to discuss crazy new ideas with and learn what’s possible, then please contact me on the form below, or email ricky@rickyvuckovic.com, or give me a call on 0415 148 098.