Explore Extended Reality at Jefferson During Philly Tech Week

Tyler Maher '17 works with the zSpace AR display.

Tyler Maher ’17 works with the zSpace AR display. This Philly Tech Week event will explore virtual, augmented and blended reality in practical and experimental use on the East Falls Campus.

As part of Philly Tech Week, a weeklong celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host XR Exploration at Jefferson. This event on April 30 will explore virtual, augmented and blended reality in practical and experimental use on the East Falls Campus.

“Extended reality (XR) is one of the most exciting areas in technology right now, and it’s never been more accessible,” said Mike Finnell, director of technical support services. “The students and faculty at Jefferson are keenly tuned into that and are eager to see—and show—what can be done with XR, both in the classroom and the world at large.”

Guests can explore an exhibit space where the University community will demonstrate how they use XR technology. HP also will be on hand to show its XR technology, including the Sprout 3D scanner, zSpace Display and ZVR Backpack computer. In addition, Worldviz, a collaborative VR solution, will be demoing their platform remotely (and in VR) from its headquarters in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The presentations include:

  • AR (augmented reality) Sandbox is a literal sandbox that projects a topographical map onto the sand surface that dynamically updates as users alter the terrain with their hands or tools.
  • With the Internet and Prospect VR plugin for the Revit design software, collaborative VR spaces for architecture illustrate how two individuals can exist in the same virtual space even if they’re separated in physical space.
  • Marketing and branding techniques utilizing embedded AR codes on physical materials allow for a far greater, more dynamic amount of information to be contained in an otherwise static format.
  • Adjunct professor and alumnus Freddie Freeman ’08, who teaches Jefferson’s intro to VR course, will present student work, such as a 360 Video campus tour and a virtual gallery focusing on the history of technology. Attendees can try on the HTC Vive, explore VR with the Google Daydream and check out the 360 GoPro Camera Rig. Former and current VR students will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate live demos.

XR Exploration at Jefferson will be Monday, April 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Kanbar Performance Space. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit here for more info and to register.

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