Virtual Reality Lab

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Typically associated with gaming, virtual reality (VR) also offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. The VR Lab in Waldo Library 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. Learn more about virtual reality and other campus VR-related initiatives

LAB FEATURES

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

The VR Lab consists of seven workstations with Alienware PCs:

  • Intel i7-7700 processor (3.60GHz)
  • 16GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card

Each workstation features an Oculus Rift headset 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

Waldo Library, Lower Level, Room 0135
Directions and parking

HOURS OF OPERATION

The VR Lab will be closed Saturday, August 17, through Sunday, August 25. The Lab will reopen on Monday, August 26.

Fall Semester Hours (August 26 - December 13, 2019)

DayDaytimeNighttime
Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 to 10 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 to 10 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 to 10 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 to 10 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed
Saturdays Closed Closed
Sundays Closed 7 to 10 p.m.

Upcoming Holiday Hours

DateHours
Sunday, September 1 Closed

Monday, September 2
(Labor Day)

Closed
Wednesday, November 27 9 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 28
(Thanksgiving Day)
Closed
Friday, November 29 Closed

AVAILABLE TITLES

Games

Arizona Sunshine
Beat Saber
Brass Tactics
Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab
Budget Cuts
BlazeRush
Dead and Buried
DiRT Rally
Eagle Flight
Echo VR
EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
I Expect You To Die
Job Simulator
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Killing Floor: Incursion
Lone Echo
Lucky's Tale
Minecraft
Moss
Onward
Raw Data
Rec Room
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Ripcoil
Robo Recall
Space Pirate Trainer
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
SUPERHOT VR
The Climb
The Invisible Hours
The Mage's Tale
The Unspoken
Toybox
ZR: Zombie Riot

Educational and Artistic

Apollo 11 VR Experience
Athenian Acropolis
Blocks
Calcflow
Google Earth VR
Mission: ISS
Oculus Medium
Oculus Quill
Rome Reborn: The Roman Forum
Sharecare VR
The Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience
Tilt Brush
Wonderful You

Entertainment

Dear Angelica 
Dispatch
Nature Treks VR
Oculus 360 Photos
Oculus First Contact
WITHIN

Content Creation

3ds Max 2018
Adobe Creative Cloud
Blender
Unity3D
Unreal Engine