May 27, 2022

University of Pennsylvania: “Penn Libraries Aims to Bring Virtual Reality Technologies to All 12 Penn Schools”

From The Daily Pennsylvanian:

2018-11-18_09-49-55Creativity and technology intersect in Penn’s first cross-campus virtual reality and augmented reality organization: PennImmersive. Formerly a student-run organization, PennImmersive is now a Penn Libraries initiative that has been exposing students to virtual reality throughout the past semester.


PennImmersive merged with Van Pelt Library in 2017, where the program hosts workshops for students and faculty to learn about Google Cardboard, a platform in which users experience virtual reality on their smartphones with a headset, and 3D printing.


We wanted to start an organic initiative to investigate how these technologies may be useful in teaching, research, and learning,” said David Toccafondi, Manager of the Vitale Digital Media Lab and the Library Recording Studio.

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