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Please see our policies and important changes regarding re-opening here

Update from our Director of Library Services, Colette McKenna regarding Library Services During COVID Level 5 - Here

Virtual Reality: Home

Information about Virtual Reality in the Digital Environment Lounge.


 

The VR Digital Environment Lounge is a place to learn and explore immersive environments using the latest virtual reality technologies.

Explore the planet we inhabit, release your creativity or watch a 360-video documentary.

The VR Digital Environment is a place to ignite your imagination and discover the worlds around us.

Oculus Rift & Touch

3 Oculus sensors

PC: Alienware Area 51 R5 – Intel Core i7 – 7800x

Utility software: Sensor Bounds, Oculus Dreamdeck, Oculus Touch Basics.

Games

MARVEL Powers United VR (first-person Co-Op action game)
Richie’s Plank Experience (walk the plank or fight fires (warning heights))
Dead and Buried (become the best gunslinger in the wild west)
Robo Recall (action-packed VR first-person shooter)
Lucky’s Tale (platforming adventure game)

Educational

Unimersiv (field trips to ISS, Acropolis etc)

Titanic VR (Explore the shipwreck)
Mars Odyssey (a single player VR simulator experience)
Chernobyl VR Project (visit the ghost town of Pripyat and learn about its history)
Apollo 11 VR HD (the story of the greatest journey ever taken by humankind)
Everest VR (join an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest)
Bear Island (the story of a young black bear, named Swift)
Home - A VR Spacewalk (inspired by NASA's training program and the astonishing experiences of its astronauts)
Anne Frank House VR (a unique and emotional insight into the 2 years the Frank family spent in the ‘Secret Annex’)
The People’s House (takes you on a historic visit to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House)
Google Earth VR (explore our planet)
Sharecare VR (explore an anatomically accurate 3D model of the human body)
Smithsonian Journeys: Venice (take a tour of this magical city)

Artistic

Tilt Brush (paint in 3D space with virtual reality)
Quill (VR illustration and animation tool)
Oculus Medium (VR creative tool. Sculpt, model, and paint in an immersive environment)
Blocks (create 3D objects in virtual reality)

Experience

Guided Meditation VR (Meditation made simple & visual)
Lost (experience the wonder of an unexpected encounter in a magical forest)
Dear Angelica (An immersive, illustrative short story)
Toybox (showcase the power of social interaction in VR)
YouTube VR

Guidelines for the purchasing of new VR experiences

We will not purchase:
Experiences of a purely sexual nature.
Experiences that are particularly expensive.
Experiences that are excessively violent.

We will consider for purchase experiences that do not fall into the category above and accomplish at least one of the following:
Offer educational content.
Offer content that is in accordance with the mission of University College Cork
Have significant demand from students.
Are valuable for VR/AR development

  • The VR Learning Studio is available to UCC students and staff.
  • All users must watch the safety video prior to their first digital lounge reservation.
  • The Digital Environment Lounge can be booked for a total of 2 hours per day.
  • Don’t move equipment or cables inside of the digital lounge.
  • Don’t install, modify, or delete any software on the digital lounge computer.

Guidelines for the purchasing of new VR experiences

We will not purchase:
Experiences of a purely sexual nature.
Experiences that are particularly expensive.
Experiences that are excessively violent.

We will consider for purchase experiences that do not fall into the category above and accomplish at least one of the following:
Offer educational content.
Offer content that is in accordance with the mission of University College Cork
Have significant demand from students.
Are valuable for VR/AR development

  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay within the boundary grid during use.
  • It’s important to give yourself a 10 to 15-minute break every 30 minutes (even if you don’t think you need it).
  • If you feel dizziness, nausea, eye strain, headache, or other adverse sensations, stop and remove the helmet, and sit down if appropriate.
  • Consult your doctor before using the VR equipment if you have a pre-existing medical condition (e.g. heart ailment, anxiety disorders, or PTSD).

Oculus Rift Safety Manual

UCC Students and Staff may reserve the Digital Environment Lounge online through the Library room booking system. The first time you book the digital lounge, you will be asked to view a quick training tutorial and then be ready to jump into virtual worlds and use the many applications at your disposal. The equipment to use the Digital Environment Lounge can be collected at the Library Services Desk on Q floor on production of your booking confirmation. A Large monitor in the lounge gives you the option to share your immersive experience with others.

Before making a booking you must read the VR Safety Brochure available here