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Extended Reality Equipment Distribution

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The Extended Reality Equipment Distribution facility supports students, faculty, and various stakeholders by providing access to over 50 extended reality kits that may be borrowed to support extended reality pedagogy or in support of project development. These kits range in purpose covering core extended reality technologies including, virtual reality, augmented reality, motion capture, projection, and haptics

XR Fundamentals Kits (30 Units): We purchased 30 of these kits and they include all the equipment needed for students to experiment and develop projects for extended reality. It includes an Oculus Quest II, an iPad, a mini projector, and a number of connectors and hardware items to allow for XR integration.

Hololens (1 Unit): The Hololens is an advanced augmented reality headset that we are using in a variety of classes to demonstrate the potential uses for XR. After we hire our XR developer we will begin building and deploying custom-built projects for the headset.

Virtual Production System (VPS): The VPS is composed of room-scale LED walls and a ceiling that combines together a series of computers, a motion capture system, and various hardware devices for the creation of immersive filmmaking projects, CAVE virtual reality, and professional-grade motion capture. This system is critical for the development of entertainment, research, and immersive environments.

Rokoko Kits (3 units): These kits are essential for students to acquire motion-captured data from a portable kit. This data can be used for scientific research or entertainment purposes.

Haptic Suit (1 Unit): This suit allows students to feel sensory stimulation that is registered in three-dimensional space, for example, if a virtual reality training scenario includes objects to be avoided then the suit will vibrate when the user comes in contact with an object.

MacBook Pros (7 Units): There are a variety of experiments and projects that require computers, these computers are checked out to students depending on their needs when they do not have a personal computer that is powerful enough to perform XR testing and development.

iMac Computers (10 Units): Thes computers form the basis of our extended reality computer lab

HTC Vive VR Kits (2 Units): These are freestanding VR headsets that are more powerful than the Oculus Quest II headsets and have a platform that is often used by businesses.

Projectors (10 Units): Projection forms the basis of non-wearable XR technology and we have purchased a variety of projectors that range from high-power short throw projectors to mini long throw projectors so that we can create projects and experiments that cover many different use cases.

Leica BLK 360 LIDAR Scanner (1 Unit): One of the foundational aspects of XR is to create digital twins of many different environments. The Leica scanner gives us professional-grade capabilities in the area of LIDAR scanning and has been used recently in the classroom and on project Cheers.

Spatial Audio (1 Unit): Spatial audio is a critical component of a non-wearable augmented reality system. The system allows us to position and interact with sounds that are located in three-dimensional space.

Software (various): Developing extended reality requires the use of dozens of powerful software programs. These are just a few that we use in the iEX Center and the XR program: Unreal, Unity, Pixotope, Minimadd, Q-lab, Disguise, Blacktrax, Motive, Blender, Maya, SimLab, Vectorworks, Gravity Sketch, Polycam, Leica Cyclone 360 register, and Leica Cyclone 360 3DR.

Blacktrax (1 Unit): This is an advanced tracking system that is able to track many objects in three-dimensional space in real-time and can send data to media servers to be used with interactive projected media.

Minimadd (20 Units): These are mini media servers that can be used to playback one video output or can be tethered to create a wall of video outputs depending on the project's needs.

Disguise (1 Unit): This is an advanced media server capable of mapping together four video outputs and merging them into three-dimensional space and can be used for non-wearable augmented reality projects.

Lightform Kit (1 Unit): Lightform is a unique media server system and software combination that can be used for media playback for augmented reality projects.

Make it Real! Extended Reality @ Husson University

For information regarding XRED, the Extended Reality degree program, or projects undertaken by the the iEX Center please contact iexcenter@husson.edu