McGill Library has recently installed the HTC Vive, a state-of-the-art virtual reality system, in a room in its Research Commons space (RM 22A, Research Commons Room B). The system uses a headset, motion controllers, and a room-scale tracking system to allow users to interact with and physically move around a virtual space. The system will be bookable during limited times by students who would like to try out some fascinating virtual reality experiences or would like to experiment with building their own.
In celebration of the launch of this new service the library is offering students the chance to try out Google Earth VR, software which can transport you to a wide range of interesting locations around the globe and allow you to experience them from many different perspectives: as a giant overlooking New York City, for instance, or as a person standing at the foot of the Pyramids of Giza.
If you’re interested in stepping into the virtual world, drop by Research Commons Room B in Redpath Library between 1 and 4PM on Tuesday, March 14th. See you there!