Virtual Reality Studio opens at UAB to expand education, research into a 3D environment

Virtually go anywhere and do anything with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s newest addition to the Lister Hill Library. The Virtual Reality Studio offers students, faculty and staff access to virtual reality and augmented reality technologies to further advance experiences, education and research.“The studio provides a platform for students, faculty and staff to experience moments in real time through virtual reality,” said Dorothy Ogdon, assistant professor and Emerging Technologies librarian in the UAB Libraries. “Our goal is to provide technology to support their educational and research needs.”The new space at UAB is designed to allow students, faculty and staff to encounter virtual and augmented reality tools in an educational environment. It contains three dedicated workstations with VIVE PRO headsets. The workstations use a virtual launcher that is a part of UAB’s participation in the Springboard VR EDU pilot, allowing users to switch between virtual reality experiences easily.

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