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i-Space: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Consisting of the Digital Makerspace, Digital Visualisation Room, Studios and Digital Creativity Workstations

Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-generated environment which intends to give the person experiencing it a strong sense of immersing in that virtual environment. Users can interact with virtual objects in the enclosed virtual world. A sister technology, Augmented Reality (AR) is a combined view of overlaying computer-generated imagery or information over the real world visual. It targets to engage users in their existing surroundings augmented with digital content. While both technologies have decades of history, they gain popularity in gaming in recent years, and are now largely employed in other areas including education, training, engineering, industrial design, therapy and fine art.

Below are some resources for you to know more about VR, AR and related facilities at i-Space.

VR Facilities & Software

VR Facilities

To present digital content in an immersive environment, VR headsets are commonly used. A few types of VR headset are available at i-Space.


HTC VIVE

A VR headset driven by a high-end pc. It works together with motion tracking system and handheld controllers, delivering you a more sophisticated VR experience.

(* You need to book a VR Experience Zone session to use the HTC VIVE.)


Google Cardboard
An open source VR headset made of cardboard. You can download the template to make your own cardboard VR headset. But you need a smartphone running the VR application and slide it into Google Cardboard to view the content.

VR Viewer
A VR headset running on android system. It allows you to watch 360º images/videos and play VR games with the headset alone.

VR Software

Below is the list of VR applications you can experience on the HTC VIVE. Book your VR Experience Zone session to try them out!

Internet Resources for AR

Below are some resources that help you learn what AR is capable of. You can also experience some of the apps on your own mobile devices.

VR Service

VR Experience Zone

Location

Digital Visualization Room, i-Space, 4/F North Wing, Library

Book a session

Two sessions at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm
Mon - Fri (except public holidays)

VR & AR Books