Meet The Founder
Luke has always been looking for ways to connect more with nature. As a child he was fascinated by tracing maps of Scotland’s Western Highlands. After a brief career in the law he moved on to computer graphics engineering and found himself turning maps of places into 3-D models, creating imaginary mountains and canyons, and looking for any excuse possible to go climbing mountains and hike in New England’s beautiful countryside. It took several years for Luke to realize that what he wanted most was to map the real world.
In 2013, Luke raised Kickstarter funding to laser scan a remote and very inaccessible slot canyon in Australia’s Blue Mountains. With the help of Michael Breer’s excellent photography we put together a Virtual Canyon experience which can be seen at the New South Wales Govetts Leap Visitor Centre and which can be viewed on the Oculus Rift.
Luke strongly believes in the power of Virtual Reality to take you closer to places than any other media. You know how when you go somewhere enormous like the Grand Canyon you say “I never thought it would be as huge as this” – well, Virtual Reality is able to capture that sense of vastness and scale that really makes you feel you could really be there.
Luke also believes that true immersion involves being able to explore places with the freedom and joy of a child, which is why Lost Eagle goes to such great lengths to model every rock and pebble down to the tiniest detail.