Hello, I’m Ricky Vuckovic.
I used to run a creative and educational technology studio in Canberra, but these days I manage the awesome Digital Education Services team at the Australian National University, in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
I still tinker and produce all sorts of digital fun things like apps, music, games, artificial intelligence systems, virtual reality experiences, 3D scans, and a bunch things in emerging and experimental technology.
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.
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 mid-2018)
Quick example: ANU Classics Museum
3D scans and multi-touch screen displaying ancient artifacts as old as 500 BC.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call on 0415 148 098.