In Fall 2017 Computer Resources, Media Services and Loeb Library are collaborating to make available more and easier access to hardware and space for Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR / VR) explorations at the GSD.
Augmented Reality (‘AR' or ‘Mixed reality') — where the real world is viewed through clear plastic glasses on which 2D images are overlaid to create the illusion of ‘holographic' 3D objects under computer control) — and Virtual Reality (VR) — where the headset is completely opaque, and all you see is images projected by tiny LCD projectors embedded in the headset for a completely ‘immersive' viewing experience — both offer exciting opportunities for environmental design and designers.
GSD students can borrow AR/VR Gear from Helpdesk, Media Services, or the Loeb Library circulation desk, to experiment with Microsoft's ‘Hololens' (AR) system, or HTC Vive or Occulus Rift (VR) headsets.
Note that a suitably powerful computer is required to get the most out of these devices; not every laptop is fully capable. Check with helpdesk for more information. A special laptop may also be available for short-term loan.
Also, be on the lookout for special events, information, presentations, and other offerings from the GSD AR/VR Club.