The University of Central Missouri Extended Reality Studio is a dedicated space for
students, educators and industry innovators, helping them explore cutting-edge technologies
at our Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit.
Extended reality (XR) refers to an immersive environment or experience that incorporates computer-generated elements, including virtual worlds, which can be combined with the real physical world. XR encompasses various technologies, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).
Examples of XR include 360 videos, panoramic 360 scenes, 2D/3D models and virtual reality (VR) augmented reality (AR) education apps.
DLII staff can work with faculty to develop custom 2D and 3D models of objects or locations, 360 videos and 360 scenes with navigation and information. These VR models and scenes may be accessed with multiple device types, including smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, or traditional desktop computers. A VR headset is not required to interact with a VR model or scene. VR headsets are available to use while in the lab and faculty can have students come to the lab to access approved content.
The XR Manager can also assist faculty in researching and recommending VR apps that are currently available to incorporate into class content.
The XR Studio is a working lab for innovation unlike any other in the region, offering a significant advantage for individuals and organizations seeking to create unique and meaningful AR and VR experiences. The studio made its debut to the community during a Nov. 20, 2020, Virtual Sneak Peek. The approximately 60-minute preview is available at this link. In addition, Missouri Governor Mike Parson praised the new facility during a March 2 visit to the UCM Extended Reality Studio.
The Extended Reality Studio is made possible by MoExcels funding, a Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development initiative to facilitate the development and expansion of employer-driven education and training programs.