The Montana Reality Lab at Montana State University will host an open house for MSU faculty, staff, and students from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Cheever Hall Room 228 on MSU’s campus. The Montana Reality Lab is one of several virtual, augmented and mixed reality locations on campus that are available to utilize.

The open house is an opportunity for the lab to showcase its services and resources to the MSU community and discuss how virtual reality can be integrated into teaching and research. The event is free, and an RSVP is encouraged. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be several demonstrations by MSU faculty and staff highlighting the ways they have incorporated the technology into their teaching and research. Demonstrations will include “360-degree Video for VR” with Theo Lipfert, a professor in the School of Film and Photography in the College of Arts and Architecture, and film and photography students on capturing and editing cinema quality 360-degree video for virtual reality .

From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Brian Brush, a professor in the School of Architecture, will present “Lightform,” and show the use of virtual reality and the interaction of light, material and geometric structure in art and architecture. Other demonstrations will look at a variety of virtual reality applications such as Modeling, Studying Bias, Google Earth, CRISPR visualization, the Ocean Acidification Experience and more.

The lab is designed to enable teaching, creating, and developing virtual and augmented reality content. It can be reserved for classes, lab sections, student academic use, research use and extracurricular student groups. Faculty, staff and students can use the lab for 360-degree video capture and editing, 3D modeling and simulation, 3D data capture and more.

This facility features six virtual reality workstations each of which includes a computer with wide-format display, high quality audio, headphones and virtual reality headsets. In addition, the lab has 360-degree video capture and 3D data capture devices.

The lab is supported by a group of experts from a variety of MSU colleges and departments and features a network of partners to facilitate interdisciplinary VR collaboration.

For questions or additional information, email [email protected].

Please RSVP.