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Virtual Reality Classes (VR)

VR Programs at the Lab

Virtual Reality is an computer-generated technology that immerses you into a 3D environment incorporating visual, auditory, and sensory experiences that make you feel like you’re in a different world. Although the technology isn’t new, within the last 3-5 years we’ve seen drastic industry change where consumers are getting their hands on this innovative technology, as it’s price point is somewhat reasonable, ranging from a $10 Google Cardboard to under a $1000 headset like the HTC Vive product line. The obvious applications of Virtual Reality are in gaming, but the breadth of implementations are truly limitless. Businesses use VR to have customers tour their retail space or experience their products, all from the living room sofa. Healthcare & Military applications use VR for training procedures. Entertainment applications are pushing the envelope to turn the audience member watching a movie, to becoming the protagonist who’s mission is to save the world.

At Empow Labs, our VR classes range from introductory, fundamental programs, to hands-on, how-to lessons. Whether you are new to VR or are an experience professional, we’re confident in giving you the instructional content to broaden your knowledge.

Video provided by Unity, a real-time 3D development platform

Virtual Reality Class Offerings

Intro to Virtual Reality (VR)

Intro to Virtual Reality: Class Overview Level of experience: Beginner, no experience needed. This workshop will provide you with a...

Intro to Photogrammetry: Using Real World Environments as Assets in VR

Intro to Photogrammetry: Class Overview This class will be a high level overview of the workflow for using a DSLR...

Intro & comparison of high-end Virtual Reality (VR) equipment

Intro & comparison of high-end VR equipment This class will detail the different high-end Virtual Reality (VR) equipment options that...

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Upcoming Virtual Reality (VR) Programs

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Virtual Reality (VR): Program Details

What you’ll learn in VR

You will be learning how to use Unity, an industry-standard 3D creation platform with roots in game development, to create exciting VR / AR apps along with the popular/supported VR / AR software tools like HTC Vive SDK, Google VR SDK, Google’s ARCore, and hardware like the HTC Vive Pro headset, Daydream View VR headset with Android phone, and Google’s Daydream Standalone VR Headset.

You will learn the basics using pre-made objects and environments. Then you will begin to make your own 3D space and simple objects. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, that’s when things get interesting. You’ll learn C#, the programming language behind Unity. You’ll be able to export your projects for a number of different platforms, including the HTC Vive, Oculus, and others. You’ll also have access to audio engineering tools & equipment for sound design and audio recording.

VR Equipment at the Lab

  • HTC VIVE Pro VR headset
  • HTC VIVE Focus
  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus GO
  • Hololens
  • 3D Printer
  • MSI Gaming laptops

VR skills covered

  • Understanding how VR apps are designed and built
  • Development of VR apps using Unity
  • Development of an immersive world in 3D
  • 3D Modeling and animation
  • Exposure and learning C# coding language
  • Hands-on use of state-of-the-art Virtual Reality technology
  • Learn how to use and interact 3D virtual objects

Join the Community

Empow Labs is a collaborative space opening in Spring 2019 for all interested in XR and emerging technology. If you’re interested in learning more with an empowered and inviting community, fill out the form and get updates about our grand opening.

Augmented Reality application at Empow Labs