September 26, 2017

Give Students Technology and They Will Innovate

VR demo with Tempe's Mayor Mark Mitchell

Put technology in the hands of UAT students Kenny Vorseth and Ryan McDonald and watch their ideas unfold as they create new ways to use tech devices. Last year, the two-student team developed a cost-effective Head Mounted Display for Virtual Reality, using a 3d printer and materials at UAT. The goal of the project was to create an innovation but also to build a device that actually worked. The long term goal is to decrease the cost by using lower resolution screen.

This project wowed professors so much that Kenny and Ryan were asked to show off their innovation at Tempe Geeks Night Out, to Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and at the Tempe State of the City Address around the local community.

Tempe Geeks Night Out

Tempe Geeks Night Out

These community appearances gave Kenny and Ryan the opportunity to practice talking to consumers about their product. Kenny said, “This was the first time we held a demo of our device at an event. I learned to think from consumer aspect and focus on what makes my product different and unique than what’s currently out there.”

The VR Head Mounted Display took three weeks to fully develop and they also worked in Unity to build an alien scare horror game in a Game Development class to play on their unique VR device.

In the future, Kenny and Ryan are interested in completing a motion capture suit for VR and other VR support such as in movies and games. Stay tuned for what they create next semester!

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