Subject: Re: nature in the northwest Date: Feb 28 12:58:05 1994 From: Trevor Williams - twilliam at sol.uvic.ca
I am a Birder yes. I am 15 years-old and am CEO of my own company, Desert Island Software. Our first title is Naturewalk - Northwest, which is, as it sounds, an electronic virtual Naturewalk. The program is described as edutainment and has been designed as the first of hopefully a long series, if the first proves to be sucessful. It is aimed at young people like myself and not only covers information about over 400 species that live in the Northwest of birds, mammals, insects, plants etc., but also discusses Environmental Issues and their effects, and what young people can do to help and many other issues pertaining to Ecology, Habitats, descriptions of places to visit in the Northwest, if wanting to go on a real walk etc. The content is presented in a sort of game. The user controls a character at the bottom of the screen by a series of keyboard commands and mouse movements. By simply moving the mouse (which on the screen represents binoculars) over a certain creature, the user gets information. Also, the user has to control the character at the bottom of the screen, making sure that he/she does not step in a wasp nest, trip, get bitten by a mosquito etc. And one more detail. There are also electronic labs that allow the user to disect an owl-pellet and re-construct the bones from the disected pellet to see what an owl eats and others!
Although, we are still looking for funding, for the project, we have and will be applying for many various patents and copyrights pertaining to the "look-and-feel" of the product etc.
Tom Williams Desert Island Software Internet: twilliam at sol.uvic.ca Applelink: Technoweenie Tel: 604.592.4669