MN VR and HCI Aug 2014: Tour of VR Design Lab at UMN

Posted by IGDA Twin Cities on August 14, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Phil Rader and Aaron Westre from the UMN College of Design will be giving us a tour of the VRDL (Virtual Reality Design Lab), and a presentation on the project with all the technical details involved.

The VRDL simultaneously tracks 6 to 8 people in a 50ft square space.  This required development of a lightweight and untethered HMD called Perception that is based on iPad Minis and 3D printed shells.More tech details.

The VR demo will be about 5-10 minutes per person, and the majority of the meeting will be spent learning about the applications for this space, hardware and software used, asset pipeline, and general Q&A.

The courtyard is in the center of the main/square portion of Rapson Hall. Plan to arrive between 6 and 6:30, the doors lock at 7.  The closest parking is the Church St garage.

The VRDL is an active and evolving laboratory and we are currently documenting its use for a variety of purposes from educational to promotional, photographs of visitors to the lab may be reproduced or published in a variety of forums and formats. If you do not wish for your photograph to be used, please let us know before your visit.


6:00 Social and pizza – thanks to Glitch!
6:30 Demos Start
7:15 VRDL overview and tech, Q&A
After, we’ll head to Buffalo Wild Wings on University Ave


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