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 52 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.
Currently there is large variety of different VR equipment in the VR First lab. We currently have both commercial Oculus Rift and HTC Vive systems set up in the lab. We also have Microsoft Mixed reality head set for those interested in developing for the Microsoft glasses. The lab has photogrammetry capabilities, both for individual objects or drone capabilities for larger outdoor objects. The lab has 2 sets of 360 degree cameras, offering 4K / 8K 360 degree video capturing for virtual reality. We also have a large variety of different VR controllers and additions, including Vive Trackers, haptic glove options, different control options like Leap Motion and VR GO Chair, 3D printed controllers and other interesting gizmos you can try implementing into your projects. We also have a 6 DOF motion platform optimized for both Unity and Unreal game engines you can use in your own game projects.
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 represent.
1. Identify yourself
The most simple way is to contact us directly either by email or by coming to visit us and tell a bit about yourself. Are you interested in trying out VR? Contact us and we can set up a time for you to come and try out different equipment or games. Are you interested in developing your own content for virtual reality. Tell us more about your project, specify what platforms you are using and what is your development time table. We can set you up a slot in the VR lab where you can freely use the equipment available in the VR First lab and test and develop content for VR and AR. You can also ask us about the VR First personal tutoring or other services provided by the VR First Initiative.
VR First program 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
2. Reserve a time slot
There are lot of activities happening in the VR First all the time, so it is important for us to know when you would need the lab space for your own project. Contact us and let us know, and we can set you up a suitable time. The lab has all the necessary game engines and development tools set up in the development computers, so all you need to do is bring your project and start developing. You can use this time slot and equipment in the lab for development or for presenting your own projects to potential customers. If you are interested in organizing different events in the lab e.g. Hackathons or visitations, let us know some time before the event and we can set you up for that.