Nowadays, the elusive term “The Metaverse” isn’t so foreign to most people anymore. It’s the concept of a virtual world in parallel to our actual reality. There are many ways for people to engage with this world- but by far the most immersive is through VR. You’re in the virtual world- a participant, rather than an observer. The most popular Metaverse “worlds” you can visit are … [Read more...] about Reviewing Altspace VR: One of the First of its Kind
Extended Reality: Applications and Implications
It’s always interesting to hear how people got into the field of Extended Reality. It’s not like being interested in medicine or journalism. It is inherently interdisciplinary, and because it is so often not offered in course curriculum for many schools, it tends to be something that people find themselves drawn to through an intense sense of curiosity. Last semester, I had the … [Read more...] about Samantha Gorman: Creator of The Under Presents
Imagine having a virtual copy of yourself that lives inside a computer. This virtual you is an exact replica of real-world you- complex data structures work together to recreate your unique genome in the digital world. This, essentially, is the idea of a Digital Twin. They combine machine learning, real-time analytics, VR, MR, and AR, to produce a virtual representation of … [Read more...] about Digital Twins: What are they and how are they used?
It’s a Wednesday in September. I’m in my Marine Biology lecture. I open my pencil bag for a freshly sharpened pencil, and reach down into my bag for a lined piece of paper. But before I can fish out a sheet from my binder, my professor claps her hands at the front of the classroom, signaling for us to look up and give her our attention. “Today, we’re doing something a … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Immersive Education
I always think of Los Angeles in the present, if that makes sense. As if the Los Angeles that I know is the only Los Angeles that ever was or will be. But, that’s not true. It’s often easy to forget that the very ground beneath our feet has been around long before me. This soil has been passed from generation to generation, changing a bit with each pocket of passed time. My … [Read more...] about Exploring Los Angeles Through XR