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.
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.
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
Consultation and assistance with VR-related projects is also available by contacting Kevin Abbott.
Waldo Library, Lower Level, Room 0135
Directions and parking
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)
|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|
|Sundays||Closed||7 to 10 p.m.|
Upcoming Holiday Hours
|Sunday, September 1||Closed|
Monday, September 2
|Wednesday, November 27||9 to 5 p.m.|
|Thursday, November 28
|Friday, November 29||Closed|
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Dead and Buried
EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
I Expect You To Die
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Killing Floor: Incursion
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Space Pirate Trainer
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
The Invisible Hours
The Mage's Tale
ZR: Zombie Riot
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Apollo 11 VR Experience
Google Earth VR
Rome Reborn: The Roman Forum
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