Virtual reality offers users a whole new immersive experience for gaming and education. Combined with 3D modeled environments or 360 degree videos users can be immersed in virtual worlds in a way that could only be dreamed of few years ago. Combined with the latest user tracking systems and controllers users can actually move around on these virtual environments, and are not limited to keyboard controls like with previous versions of the technology. Allowing free movement in VR has also been the key factor on reducing simulator sickness, which has plagued the earlier versions of virtual reality glasses.
VR First Initiative
VR First is a new initiative designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities to creators interested in exploring the power and potential of virtual and augmented reality development. Our goal is to build a worldwide network of VR/AR developers by facilitating access to infrastructure and promoting the formation of a global knowledge base. Currently there are 26 VR First laboratories around the world, and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences was fortunate to be one of the first universities in the Europe. VR First laboratory in Kajaani offers companies and students a development infrastructure to test and create virtual reality content.
VR First program also offers students the possibility to get personal tutoring on VR production from one of the VR trainers provided through VR First Initiative. VR First has been a major supporter for the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences infrastructure and one of the key reasons why KAMK has one of the best virtual reality laboratories in whole Scandinavia. You can read more or submit your own application to the VR first initiative here https://www.vrfirst.com
How it works?
The way VR First Kajaani operates is very straight-forward. First of all, we need to know who we are working with, so we need to know which company or school you present.
1. Identify yourself
First we will confirm your identity and create a customer database based on our users so we can monitor who is using the lab. This is done so we can keep track of the lab space and related development equipment. After we know who we are dealing with you are granted the change to reserve a development or testing slot.
2. Reserve a time slot
Once you have been granted the right to use our facilities, you can reserve a slot in the lab. The VR First Laboratory is divided into two different departments, the Orientation Chamber and The Den of Developers .
The Orientation Chamber is a space dedicated to introducing users into the world of virtual reality. It is separated from the development space so users can freely experience their joy of shooting their first virtual bow or petting that adorable robot puppy. New users can try out how virtual reality works with motion platforms, walk around in virtual environments or see what watching a movie in virtual reality means. Users can also get some insight on what virtual reality and related technologies could offer to their company’s development. The orientation chamber could be considered a gateway to the more serious VR development.
The Den of Developers
Testing virtual reality is fun, but is you or your team want to develop virtual reality content the Den of Developers is where you want to be. Chamber is located at the back of the VR First laboratory grating users privacy on the developing endeavours. In addtion to having access to Virtual reality devices and game engines, developers can also utilize photogrammetry stand and connected software to create new 3D content for their virtual environments. The Den has multiple development computers, so the team can also perform other development tasks not directly related to VR in the same space.