The students of the media communications class at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School got the chance to experience some of the latest emerging technologies last Tuesday through the help of BioLinc start-up companies UP360, Parallel, and HoloEducate.
The students were given the opportunity to test out the latest virtual reality gear through a variety of headsets that UP360media and Parallel had provided. These headsets demonstrated a selection of virtual reality games on the market as well as 360 videos that had been produced by UP360. HoloEducate provided a demonstration of their educational cue cards that help children visualize answers instead of memorizing text.
Now what is the new age of technology? UP360 is focused on 360 video productions, which provides a better way to interact with videos and images to get the full experience of what it is like to be in the videographer’s shoes at the locations they shoot. Another way to escape your physical location is through virtual reality. Parallel provides mobile virtual reality stations for parties and corporate events. Their goal is to let people experience the latest in gaming technology through the HTC Vive, a Virtual Reality headset that has room scale capabilities to allow tracking for both your hands and head. While in the headset it provides a great way to experience a new location (real or fictional) and interact with your surroundings. The biggest advancement thus far has been a mix of the virtual world and the real world, which people are calling Augmented Reality. This incorporates your real-world surroundings with a surreal layer of computer generated images.
The students were thrilled with their experience of the new technology and were given the opportunity to work with one of these companies through a summer internship. The students were also encouraged to pursuit their own entrepreneurial ventures and take advantage of the resources present at BioLinc for student entrepreneurs no matter what stage their ideas are at.
To see the recap video provided by the media communications students please visit the link below.