What is Extended Reality?
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.
Below are a few examples of VR that DLII staff produced.
The following image is actually a series of photographic 360° 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 pulsing white dot icons.
The following is an example of an interactive 3D model created by DLII that represents
an 1800's Bustle Dress. Click and drag the model to rotate and view it from different
angles. Scroll your mouse wheel or use pinch gestures on a touchscreen to zoom in
and out on the model. Click and drag while holding the right mouse button (or Shift
key) to pan the model left, right, up, or down.
Click an "i" button for specific information, or click each linked item on the left
For the best experience, right click and select "Enter fullscreen" from the popup
The example above is video recorded in 360 degrees and optionally presented in 3D.
Click and drag within video to change the viewpoint.
This video 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'.
DLII has several VR 360° video cameras available for UCM Faculty checkout.
For more information contact:
Bryan Tebbenkamp, Extended Reality Manager