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CTL Extended Reality Services

What is Extended Reality?

Extended reality (XR) is a term referring to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables.¹

Examples of XR include panoramic and 360 object photography, virtual reality scenes, and augmented reality.

CTL staff can work with faculty to develop custom virtual reality scenes to meet course needs. These VR 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 scene.

Below are a few examples of VR that CTL staff produced.

The following is video recorded in 360 degrees and optionally presented in 3D. Click and drag within video to change the viewpoint.

The above is a video that is a stereographic (3D) 360 degree panorama referred to as a 360 degree panorama, although a panorama is typically a photograph. This example can be viewed within a VR headset (though not required) and experienced in 3D, and is great for guided tours of locations that are too dangerous, expensive, or inconvenient to visit in the 'real world'.

 

Below is a series of photographic 360 degree panoramas that are linked together as a single VR scene. Click and drag within the image to change the viewpoint.You may move from one location to another by clicking the red arrow icon.

The following virtual reality scene is 100% computer generated. Students in the early childhood development program take on the role of a state inspector examining a virtual daycare facility for compliance with Missouri statutes that govern its operation.

 

1. “Extended Reality" (n.d.).  In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_reality

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