Kim Than ended up taking first place in the WindowsWear Mentorship Program competition. The prize? A paid internship at the Kate Spade fashion house in New York City this summer. Than visited the VR Studio with her class, and the Studio allowed them to learn about virtual reality and its applications and present their retail store designs as an immersive experience. The class used virtual reality to communicate design ideas.
Virtual Reality Studio
The Virtual Reality Studio is a space that facilitates the use and exploration of virtual worlds for education, research, and patient care. The space is free to all University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty, students, and staff.
Learners at all skill levels can visit the Virtual Reality Studio to:
- experience virtual and augmented reality,
- attend workshops and get guidance,
- apply technology to course content and course assignments,
- participate in simulated experiences, and
- create or use virtual and augmented environments to support research and education.
Virtual Reality Studio staff offer help with projects from idea to implementation.
Open hours and appointments
Open hours are every Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to allow UMN students, staff and faculty to drop in, ask questions, and explore their interests in virtual and augmented reality. Appointments outside of these hours are available upon request for educational or research interests.Connect with an expert
Equipment in the VR Studio
We have the following equipment in the VR Studio:
- Valve Index headsets (6)
- Oculus Quest 1 headsets (10)
- Oculus Quest 2 headsets (22)
- Microsoft Hololens 2 headsets (6)
- VR development workstations (5)
- Projector and monitors
- Insta360 One X camera with a Bushman V2 monopod (1)
- Portable green screen (1)
UMN students, staff and faculty can use their UCard to borrow:
- Oculus Quest headsets
- Insta360 One X camera with monopod included
- Portable green screen. Contact Charlie Heinz ([email protected]) in advance.
The typical loan period is three days. The items are available at the library service desk located on the 5th floor of the Phillips-Wangensteen Building, just across the skyway from the VR Studio. Access to the portable green screen needs to be planned in advance. Contact Charlie Heinz ([email protected]) for help. Additional 360 cameras can be found at Walter Library. These 360 cameras allow you to create videos and photos that can be viewed in virtual reality headsets.
Upcoming VR workshops
No events are scheduled.
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- Open: Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on University holidays.
- Make an appointment
Note: The VR Studio will be closed on Friday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 17th. We will be open again on Friday, May 20th.