The MRU Experience Lab is a creative space for students, faculty, staff and community to explore and experience virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and augmented reality (AR).
The Experience Lab serves as a research and testing ground for faculty and students interested in exploring the educational potential of existing VR experiences, or in developing and assessing their own interactive VR content.
Virtual Reality (VR) places the user in a computer-generated virtual environment that can be interacted with by a user wearing VR equipment including headsets, controllers, and sensors.
Augmented Reality (AR) takes the users view of the real world and superimposes digital information and/or data on top of it.
Mixed Reality (MR)combines aspects of both VR and AR, it lets the user see the real world (like AR) while also seeing virtual objects (like VR). It then anchors those virtual objects to a point in real space, making it possible for the user to interact with them.
The Experience Lab can accommodate a maximum of 6 users at a time.
*Room layout schematic
The Experience Lab and equipment can be booked for classwork, workshops and research purposes.
This space is not available for booking, drop-in hours are Monday - Thursday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Before dropping in, please read the “First Visit” section.
Drop in times are subject to change, please see the Library Programming Calendar.
Each workstation may be used for a maximum of 60 minutes.
Beginner's Guide to 360° Cameras
February 8 / March 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to use 360-degree cameras (Ricoh Theta V, GoPro Fusion, and Vuze 3D 360 4K VR Video Camera) to create highly immersive environments for education such as simulation training, admission tours & recruitment, athletics, entertainment, virtual field trips, live event archival, health & safety training and more! Attendees will be able to view your pictures and videos in one of our virtual reality headsets available in the Experience Lab (EL1355).
Beginner's Guide to Creating Augmented Reality Experiences
January 29 / February 21 / March 27
11:30am - 1:00pm
Learn how to create engaging Augmented Reality experiences that can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet in this hands-on workshop, using the HP Reveal platform. No coding required!
Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Reality Experiences
January 25 / February 19 / April 12
10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn how to create your own interactive 360° tours that can be viewed using Virtual Reality in this hands-on workshop, using the Google VR Tours platform. No coding required!
Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: 3D Sculpting with Oculus Medium
January 10 / February 7 / March 7 / April 11
10:00am - 11:00am
Learn how to create 3D sculptures in Virtual Reality utilizing the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Medium application, and how you can 3D print your model in the Maker Studio!
Virtual Reality Toolkit Series: Building 3D Models with Google Blocks
January 16 / February 12 / March 20
10:00am - 11:00am
Learn how to create and prototype 3D models in Virtual Reality, by utilizing the Oculus Rift headset and Google Blocks application.
The following equipment is available for loan:
*This item is available to sign out at the Library Service Desk. Please call 403.440.6019 to reserve.
**The Vuze 360 Cameras require photo editing using Humaneyes Software. This software can be found at the following computers in the RLLC.
If this is your first time using a virtual reality or mixed reality headset a staff member will walk you through setup, safety, and a quick tutorial
You may use our general library accounts to access hundreds of exciting experiences for various headsets OR you can create your own account(s) and purchase your preferred experiences on either Oculus OR SteamVR
Food and drink are not permitted within the Experience Lab
You must remain within the designated virtual reality area during your session
You must adhere to a 60-minute time limit (per turn) whenever there is a lineup to use the equipment
Staff members MUST be present while the equipment is in use
Anyone under the age of the 16 must have signed parental consent
We recommend consulting a physician before using the virtual reality equipment if you are pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical condition. Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptoms linked to an epileptic condition should also consult a physician before using the virtual reality equipment.
A comfortable virtual reality experience requires an unimpaired sense of motion and balance. Do not use the virtual reality equipment when you are tired, need sleep, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are hung-over, have digestive problems, are under emotional stress or anxiety, or when suffering from cold, flu, headaches, migraines, or earaches, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse symptoms. Operation of virtual reality equipment under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Immediately cease use of the virtual reality equipment if you experience any of the following symptoms: seizures, loss of awareness, eye strain, eye or muscle twitching, involuntary movements, altered, blurred, or double vision or other visual abnormalities, dizziness, disorientation, impaired balance, impaired hand-eye coordination, excessive sweating, increased salivation, nausea, light-headedness, discomfort or pain in the head or eyes, drowsiness, fatigue, or any symptoms similar to motion sickness. Consult a physician if you have serious and/or persistent symptoms.
The virtual reality equipment can emit radio waves that can affect the operation of nearby electronics, including cardiac pacemakers. If you have a pacemaker or other implanted medical device, do not use the virtual reality equipment without first consulting your physician or the manufacturer of your medical device.
Symptoms of virtual reality exposure can persist and become more apparent hours after use. These post-use symptoms can include the symptoms above, as well as excessive drowsiness and decreased ability to multi-task. These symptoms may put you at an increased risk of injury when engaging in normal activities in the real world. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other visually or physically demanding activities that have potentially serious consequences (i.e., activities in which experiencing any symptoms could lead to death, personal injury, or damage to property), or other activities that require unimpaired balance and hand-eye coordination (such as playing sports or riding a bicycle, etc.) until you have fully recovered from any symptoms