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Virtual and Augmented Reality

Learn about Virtual and Augmented Reality, and services available at the Nexus Collaborative Learning Lab!

Who is the Service for?

Currently there are 4 HTC Vive stations that are available in the Nexus (IB 207). Stations were co-funded by the Library and the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab and are available to those with an IU username and passphrase during the library’s normal operating hours. Students at the IU School of Medicine have 24/7 access to these stations. If you are interested in a more guided experience, please email the library's Tech Team at rlmltech@iu.edu to set up an appointment. You may also check the Library’s schedule of upcoming classes.

HTC Vive

Image of the HTC Vive headset, surround by two base stations on the top and two motion controllers on the bottom

Technical Specifications:

  • Resolution: 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye (2160 x 1200 pixels combined)
  • Field of view: 110 degrees
  • Room-scale: 6’6’’ x 5’ min. room size, 16’4’’ max. between base stations

Safety and Precautions

  • Remove any tripping hazards from the area before using the headset, move carefully, and have a friend watch out for you, if possible.
  • Remember that while using the headset you will not be aware of objects and people around you. Some VR apps use hand motions, so please be mindful when moving your hands or have a friend watch out for you.
  • If you are new to VR, start by taking a break after a 10-15 minute immersive experience. For those more experienced, it is recommended that you take at least a 10-15 minute break every 30 minutes. Discontinue use if you experience nausea, headaches, eye strain, disorientation, or general discomfort despite following these steps.
  • If you have a previous history of epilepsy or seizures, loss of awareness, or other symptoms linked to an epileptic condition, consult your doctor before using the product. To reduce the likelihood of a seizure do not use the product if you are tired or need sleep.

How To

The videos and document linked below show you how to get started with the HTC Vive stations at the Nexus Collaborative Learning Lab. 

VR Apps for the HTC Vive