Our Ready Player One competition winner, Parker Louison, collected his award, a $599 value HTC Vive Head set. Parker's project is to develop simulations of various career paths and areas of study. This will help students 'test the water' with a variety of their interests, stretching their perspective on their own capabilities and helping them to thrive and be passionate about their future careers.
To commemorate the lab's new virtual reality (VR) capabilities from HTC VIVE, the official partner of the new film, Ready Player One, UMass Amherst students were challenged to produce a short video describing their vision of how VR technology and its applications could enhance student life on campus.
Second Place: Benjamin Abraham '21, for an idea to incorporate VR into UMass Medical Services to help military veterans cope with traumatic experiences. VR therapy using applications such as Bravemind may help in the healing process of our nation's combat personnel. Abraham received a copy of the book Ready Player One, signed by author Ernest Cline, and a $20 Cinemark Gift Card.
Third Place: Harrison Packer '19, for an idea to enhance the sustainability aspect of campus life with a virtual reality app supporting clean energy initiatives, allowing students to examine how green technology can affect the environment. Packer received a $20 Cinemark Gift Card.
Acquah, who also serves as Director of the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative founded with one of the 1996 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, is very pleased with the outcome of the competition.
The students at UMass Amherst show a passion for their campus community with creative and innovative ideas that can enhance campus life. I'm looking forward to working with our talented students on their ideas for VR applications. Our team, including the leader of our VR facility, Yuntian Hu, is ready to help enhance the student experience through technology.
Currently located on Floor 3 of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, the UMass Amherst Digital Media Lab is a multimedia and 3D print production space designed to support students working on video, audio, animation, and 3D modeling.
Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos, accessible through your UMass Amherst Libraries account: http://umass.kanopystreaming.com/. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos.
From on campus there is no need to log on. From off campus you will be prompted for your NetID and Password. Access is limited to the UMass Amherst community with a valid NetID and password.