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Gigabit Lab

Explore cutting-edge technologies at our Missouri Innovation Campus

About the UCM Gigabit Labman-with-virtual-reality-headset

The University of Central Missouri Gigabit Lab 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. The lab is designed to assist with creation of gigabit applications in education, cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) and the healthcare industry. 


The Gigabit Lab, along with our Mixed Reality Studio, offers membership and consultative services to companies, including access to startups, projects and corporate programs, providing them with a state-of-the-art location to prototype new solutions and launch new ventures.


Mixed Reality Studio

governor-speaking-at-podiumStep into UCM’s Mixed Reality Studio and explore high-tech production and storytelling techniques for immersive environments. Through access to our leading-edge devices, innovators are able to create, develop and deploy both augmented reality and virtual reality experiences. In addition, the studio fuels innovation, education, entrepreneurship and product development through partnerships and programs. 


The Mixed Reality 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. Take your idea/concept/startup to the next level by taking advantage of this opportunity in our convenient Kansas City metro-area location. 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 Parsons praised the new facility during a March 2 visit to the UCM Mixed Reality Studio.

Our Equipmentinterior-of-gigabit-lab

UCM’s Gigabit Lab and Mixed Reality Studio are equipped with various software and design platforms, multiple headset configurations, workstations, filming and graphic resources. Equipment available includes: 

  • Dell workstations
  • HTC Vive VR headsets
  • Oculus Quest headsets
  • Microsoft HoloLens2
  • Magic Leap 2 glasses
  • HTC Vive Trackers
  • Lightform LF2 
  • HP Reverb GT 

What Can You Do Here?

  • Create gigabit applications with our specialities including education, cybersecurity, Internet of Things devices and the healthcare industry.
  • Develop next-generation products and services that take advantage of faster and more reliable networks.
  • Gain a critical understanding of new technologies and technology advances.
  • Experience the latest augmented reality and virtual reality in an open session.
  • Understand how to apply advanced technology to a specific field while gaining a deeper understanding.
  • Build state-of-the-art prototypes as well as innovative AR and VR experiences.
  • Take your ideas and concepts to the next level by accessing our technology and working with UCM and our partner organizations.

Our Partnersgigabit-lab-exterior

The Gigabit Lab and Mixed Reality Studio are made possible by MoExcels funding, a Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development initiative to facilitate development and expansion of employer-driven education and training programs. In addition, UCM is grateful to the following partners in this endeavor: KC Digital Drive, KC MetroLab Network, Velocity Lee’s Summit and BridgeSpace coworking facility. 

In the News

FAA leader highlights MIC Aerospace Academy during tour

Community preview of UCM’s new Mixed Reality Studio

Virtual Sneak Peek for UCM’s Mixed Reality Studio

UCM participates in AR/VR Heartland Developer Challenge Hackathon

Missouri governor highlights Mixed Reality Studio/Gigabit Lab during visit

woman-wearing-headsetLearn More

For more information about the Gigabit Lab and Mixed Reality Studio, contact Joe Mullins of UCM at jmullins@ucmo.edu or (816) 441-2861 or Dr. Laurel Hogue of UCM at lhogue@ucmo.edu. For information about partnering with Velocity Lee’s Summit to access the Mixed Reality Studio, email, info@velocity.org. Anyone interested in visiting the Mixed Reality Studio for a one-one-one or small-group socially distanced tour may contact Joe Mullins.

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