The fields of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 360° media development—collectively known as mixed reality—are growing rapidly. Intended for novices, this class puts students on the cutting edge of design and covers a wide range of topics including application development, 360° filming, and more. Students across all majors have access to the latest AR & VR equipment (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens) and computers, along with 360° cameras, 3D scanners, and UAVs (drones). Student teams develop and deliver meaningful AR/VR/360° applications and experiences to client partners for both PC & mobile devices.
Spring 2019 Class
This course explores the intersection of emerging immersive technologies (augmented/virtual reality, mixed reality, 360° media, etc.) and healthcare to solve current problems of access and cost. Interdisciplinary student teams in healthcare, technology and design from across JMU develop innovative prototypes for healthcare training, caregiving, rehabilitation, etc. Learning takes place at a number of locations, including the lab at JMU X-Labs, medical simulation labs, and field trips. Students have access to the latest, cutting-edge, immersive technology to help them develop solutions for the following projects:
- Use of mobile devices with augmented reality in the classroom to teach the constituents of chemistry molecules.
- Using motion capture to accurately represent dance movements using VR technology with real dancers from the School of Theatre and Dance.
- Version 3.0 of the JMU Campus VR Tour in Madison Hall.
- Creation of a mobile version of the JMU Campus VR Tour in partnership with the Center for Global Engagement for international student recruiting.
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Classes
In 2017, students from seven different majors began designing and building a virtual reality tour of JMU’s campus using the latest technology in 360° media and VR. Students are incorporating videography, coding and user experience design to develop “Experience JMU 360: A Virtual Tour”. In partnership with the JMU Office of Admissions and University Communications & Marketing, the tour will be part of a recruitment exhibit in the newly renovated Madison Hall.
Undergraduate Class Founder
In 2016, Skylar Wolen and his team won an award for designing a virtual reality app during a JMU X-Labs 24-hour hackathon. Envisioning the potential for other students to discover, learn and innovate in new ways, he advocated for additional VR equipment in the lab and offered to conceptualize, develop and organize curriculum for a pilot course. As an undergraduate, Skylar was instrumental in launching the first AR/VR class at JMU.
I learned about JMU X-Labs at Bluestone Hacks when my team won the best application. I saw the potential to develop a new class and wanted to be more involved with what JMU X-Labs was doing. Working on this project, I think I can actually make a difference here at JMU.
– Skylar Wolen, CIS and Finance, Class of 2017
Augmented/Virtual Reality & 360
Lakeview Hall 1150 (The lab)
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- Does your organization face local or global challenges in healthcare, education or security?
- Are you aware of a technology that could transform your industry but you don’t have time to explore it?
- Does your organization have long–range design problems that you don’t have the resources to solve yourself?
- What if you could hire graduates who are ready to start working on your top needs from Day One?