Northeastern journalism students give virtual reality a try

Students in Dan Kennedy’s Digital Storytelling and Social Media class got a treat on Tuesday morning with a field trip to Northeastern’s Virtual Reality Lab. Located in Meserve Hall, the Virtual Reality Lab offered students a chance to use the Oculus Rift, a headset that completely immerses the user in a virtual world, and a more advanced headset that allowed users to see the world around them along with virtual reality components.

Jason Duhaime, Northeastern’s applications system architect, showed students how to use the technologies, and Kennedy even tried out a couple virtual reality games himself.

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Left, student Owen Pence waits as Jason Duhaime sets up the virtual reality headset. 

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Left, student Fernanda Hurtado plays a game in which the user’s eyes act as the controller.

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A student uses the Oculus Rift, which completely immerses her in the game.

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Dan Kennedy plays a game in which the user pinches his/her fingers to shoot lasers at virtual bugs.

 

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