May 27, 2017

UAT Announces the Return of the Virtual Reality Degree

Virtual Reality Degree at University of Advancing Technology




UAT’s Virtual Reality Degree Makes a Comeback 25 Years Later The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may have been a bit before its time, but UAT is pleased to announce that the Virtual Reality degree is back and available to students for the 2016 fall semester. What is Virtual Reality (VR)? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation…

10 Awesome Reasons to Play Pokémon Go

Reasons to play PokemonGo at UAT




At University of Advancing Technology, we’ve seen an invasion of Pokémon Go hunters roaming the campus in search of Pokémon since the game was released on July 6. In speaking with Professor Maureen Beam, we came up with ten awesome reasons to play Pokémon Go! Please see our ideas below. 1. Helps with depression and anxiety Many students have commented on how the game has helped them make new friends and overcome depression and the social anxiety that comes from meeting someone for the first time. There is an instant bond when you are playing Pokémon Go and see groups of other…

Pokémon GO Invades UAT

PokemonGO invades UAT




Pokémon GO was released a week ago and already local businesses are reporting profit gains, social media is creating hilariously relatable memes and news outlets are reporting on the unique situations ordinary citizens – turned “Pokémon hunters” have encountered. The game’s popularity shot to the top of the App store in a matter of hours. It’s no longer a question of who is playing Pokémon GO, but who’s not playing Pokémon GO. Here at UAT, we’re no different. In fact, we have three Poké Stops on campus and usually one stop has a lure, or a lure module, which causes more Pokémon…

New NT Lab Equipment

New Technology Lab




Have you been inside the New Technology Lab (NT Lab) lately? There are some new devices for UAT’s population of tech savvy individuals to use on campus. Stop in to the Bindery for a key to the NT Lab and get your innovative juices flowing with new technology! Kor-FX Gaming Vest: The Kor-FX is a haptic feedback vest that lets you feel the game you are playing or developing. As part of the Virtual Reality Station, students will be able to combine the vest with the Oculus Rift to create truly immersive experiences. Sphero: Sphero, an addition to the Mobile…

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

Envisioning Emerging Technologies




The graph below by Michell Zappa visualizes current trends in technological developments as well as possible future trends from 2012 to 2040. To have an understanding of where technological trends are situated today and to guess what may happen in the future helps developers with the creation of products today. It is interesting to see the possible developmental paths based on audience demands and desires, and to compare different categories. With my students in my Principles of Interactivity class we compared Internet column with Interfaces and specifically focused on the developments of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: as of 2012,…

Beyond Project Glass




Created by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design grad students Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz, Sight is envisioned as an upgrade to Augmented Reality (AR) glasses where the glasses are fully and seamlessly integrated into the users environment, namely, in the form of contact lenses. “We were inspired by many present-day apps and several sci-fi movies,” says Lazo. “But most of the ideas came from us trying to visualize a world where this tech is standard, and what kind of interactions can happen in it.” As I watched their short video capturing this possibly future technology as a new way…

Google I/O: Project Glass Demo

Google Glass, photo by Isabelle Olsson




Google’s Project Glass is a really exciting project, combining augmented reality and wearable computing. Wearable computers have been around for as long as computers have become small enough to be portable, but they haven’t become popular due to usability and form-factor issues. Google’s project aims to address both of these issues. Engadget has a great article and a pair of videos on Sergey Brin’s Project Glass demo from the Google I/O event. Link to this post!

Developer Edition of Google Glasses Priced at $1,500




The much-anticipated augmented reality eyeglasses just got a little closer to the consumer market with Google’s announcement at the IO 2012 conference that the Project Glass Explorer Edition will be available to select developers for $1,500, with a ship date sometime next year. It is hoped that these developers will aid Google’s Project Glass effort in determining innovative uses for the product. While consumer needs will vary across markets, it seems certain skydivers will be among the first to line up for consumer editions. Link to this post!Related PostsUAT Alumni Launch Jetstreame Studios Create a jQuery Website in a Day Google Using…