Virtual Reality Lab

Typically associated with gaming, virtual reality (VR) also offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. The VR Lab at Western Michigan University provides a space for you to explore this revolutionary technology.

Two people playing Virtual Reality games

If you are a WMU student, you can use the Lab to experience both the entertainment and educational side of VR content. If you are a faculty member, the Lab is here to help you learn about the technology and how to integrate VR content into your classes and research. 

Workshops and online tutorials are available for you to discover the power of virtual reality and even start making your own VR content.

The VR Lab is a collaboration between the University Libraries and Office of Information Technology. To learn more about virtual reality and other campus VR-related initiatives, please visit http://wmich.edu/vr

LAB FEATURES

Person using virtual reality equipment in the lab while another person watches.

The VR Lab consists of seven workstations. These workstations feature high-end PCs with Oculus Rift headsets and Oculus Touch hand controllers. Numerous titles are installed to highlight some of the technology’s potential.

Software and other learning materials are available to make your own VR content. You may also bring your own content developed elsewhere to test in the Lab.

HOW TO USE THE LAB

The VR Lab is available on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours. The Lab can be reserved for educational usage by contacting Kevin Abbott.

Consultation and assistance with VR-related projects is also available by contacting Kevin Abbott.

LOCATION

Dwight B. Waldo Library, Lower Level, Room 0135
Directions and parking

HOURS OF OPERATION

Fall Semester Hours (August 29 - December 9, 2018)

DayAfternoonNight
Mondays 3 to 6 p.m. 9 p.m. to midnight
Tuesdays Closed 7 p.m. to midnight
Wednesdays 3 to 6 p.m. 9 p.m. to midnight
Thursdays Closed 7 p.m. to midnight
Fridays
(Tournament Nights)
Closed 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays Closed Closed
Sundays Closed 9 p.m. to midnight

Fall Final Exam Hours (December 10-14, 2018)

DateDaytimeNighttime
Monday, December 10 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Thursday, December 13 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Friday, December 14 Closed Closed

The VR Lab will be closed December 15 through January 6 and will reopen on Monday, January 7.

Spring Semester Hours (January 7 - April 27, 2019)

DayDaytimeNighttime
Mondays 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Thursdays 9 to 5 p.m. 7 to 11 p.m.
Fridays Closed Closed
Saturdays 12:30 to 4 p.m. Closed
Sundays Closed 7 to 11 p.m.

AVAILABLE TITLES

Games

BlazeRush
Dead and Buried
DiRT Rally
Eagle Flight
Echo Arena
EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
I Expect You To Die
Killing Floor: Incursion
Lone Echo
Lucky's Tale
Minecraft
Raw Data
Rec Room
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Ripcoil
Robo Recall
Space Pirate Trainer
SUPERHOT VR
The Climb
The Invisible Hours
The Mage's Tale
Toybox
ZR: Zombie Riot

Educational and Artistic

Google Earth VR
Mission: ISS
Oculus Medium
Oculus Quill
Wonderful You
YOU by Sharecare

Entertainment

Dear Angelica
Dispatch
Oculus First Contact
WITHIN

Content Creation

3ds Max 2018
Adobe Creative Cloud
Blender
Unity3D
Unreal Engine