Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is the use of special technology to immerse users in a 3D computer generated world. In the last few years, Virtual Reality has become more obtainable than ever before between the development of VR ready computers, high end immersive headsets, and mobile VR applications. Virtual Reality is beginning to increase among consumers for entertainment purposes, especially in gaming. Even many major companies are beginning to invest in this technology as a way to train employees or advertise to customers. Virtual Reality provides an additional layer into current platforms and opens the door for new immersions.

 

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.

Beginner

Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: This tech kit explores how users can virtually navigate within real-world environments. Specifically, it guides users through using the Oculus Go, a standalone virtual reality headset. The user is immersed in capturing video footage of their surroundings, transforming these videos into 3D virtual environments using software, and exploring these environments using virtual reality technology. It brings a controller into the environment and allows the user to navigate and interact with their experience further than sight.

 

Intermediate

Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: The new “Meta Quest 2”, by Oculus is the company’s latest VR Experience. Oculus has rebranded since being bought by Meta and the Quest 2 is the main attraction. The Quest 2 is an advanced all-in-one standalone virtual reality headset that allows users to explore and interact with virtual 3D environments. The headset and controllers track where the user is looking as well as the rotation and position of their controllers. Users are fully immersed in Virtual Reality with hand tracking touch control and built-in sensors relieve the need for external hardware. While the Quest 2 is being marketed mostly for gaming, this tech kit will explore how the experience can be utilized further.

Advanced

Experimenting with Sophisticated Virtual Reality Technology

Length: 30 - 60 Minutes

Description: Building upon the rudimentary VR experiences explored in the first two tech kits, this tech kit introduces more advanced VR technologies, devices, and platforms. Respectively, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift S headset used in this tech kit incorporates a "room-scale" tracking technology. Users hold motion-tracked handheld controllers that baseline a VR game platform.

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Oculus Rift

Quantity: 2

Description: The Oculus Rift is a standalone virtual reality headset that allows users to explore and interact with virtual 3D environments. The headset and controller track where the user is looking as well as rotation and position of their controller.

HTC Vive

Quantity: 1

Description: The HTC Vive is an advanced virtual reality headset and platform for VR content. It works to construct a very life-like VR experience by turning any room into a 3D space.

Oculus Go

Quantity: 4

Description: The Oculus Go is a standalone virtual reality headset that allows users to explore and interact with virtual 3D environments. The headset and controller track where the user is looking as well as rotation and position of their controller.

Oculus Quest 2

Quantity: 10

Description: The Quest 2 is an advanced all-in-one standalone virtual reality headset that allows users to explore and interact with virtual 3D environments. The headset and controllers track where the user is looking as well as rotation and position of their controllers.

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Zotac VR Go Backpack PC

Quantity: 1

Description: The Zotac VR Go PC backpack provides a complete VR immersive experience unlike a regular PC that is tethered to one space.

MSI PC Backpack

Quantity: 1

Description: The MSI PC backpack provides a complete VR immersive experience unlike a regular PC that is tethered to one space.

Oculus Store

Type: Software

Description: There are hundreds of different VR apps and games available for VR headsets in the Oculus store.

Steam

Type: Desktop Application

Description: The Steam desktop application provides nearly 30,000 games of all genres along with discussion and creation of games with other players and developers.