The Immersion Lab- All Things VR, AR, MR, XR….

September 18, 2018

Welcome to immersive living, a new type of “reality.” Explore an expanding array of immersive technologies — hardware, software, spatial sensors, cameras, interfaces, controllers, and head-mounted displays — that read and interpret the real world, combine it with the virtual and blur the boundaries in between.

The Lab provides an opportunity to mix what’s real with what isn’t. We use emerging, immersive technologies to prototype and explore new interactions for Extended Reality (XR) — including Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR) — and everything in between. We build, test and experiment and have fun doing it. The tools (software and hardware such as Unity, Unreal, Leap, Hololens, HTC Vive, MOCAP Perception Neuron Suits) mix digital and physical space, bodies and objects so you have an opportunity to think across multiple mediums and design for them simultaneously. And this ability to overlap changes how you work as an artist and designer, providing challenging new learning opportunities whilst learning the skills to create one cohesive immersive experience.

The Lab is located at south campus and has hosted over 300+ students as well as sponsored projects. WTools valuable include: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, HoloLens, Leap Motion, Google Cardboard, Spatial Audio Recording… The diversity of equipment and resources enables students to have a holistic view of this large-scale XR system and work with various platforms to develop a critical understanding of each product’s challenges, opportunities and unique affordances. Over time, we see students mixing and matching parts, developing new systems of interaction beyond the existing Classes are taught by leaders in VR/AR/MR technology industry, exhibiting artists, entertainment and Creative Tech designers. Find out more about our sponsored projects, industry relationships and art events.

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