VR training

I have returned yesterday from France, Le Mans from VR training. It was really amazing, it was such a great group of people. Artists, teachers, students, scientists, youth workers and film makers. The training was great and being around people who want to explore and play around with VR and different technology was so much fun. We really got to know each other well and supported each other to feel more confident with VR. There was no negativity amongst the group, it was really a unique experience.

Day 1

Introductions

* We had introductions from all those in the group. A gathering of people from UK, Belguim, France, Italy, Romania and Albania

* Discussing tech upcycling projects

* Working with VR and youths

* A presentation on how VR circulum learning can help children learn. Statistics show that 93.274% compared to 73%

* Simple tasks builds confidence

* It is important to make the participants happy and then they will learn

Group activity

Where do you see VR going in the future?

PEST – Political / Economic / Social / Technological

* Law of robotics

* Cultural integration: Social structure

Suggested to look at Anon movie where the lens is over the eye (AR)

Playing with VR

* Tilt brush: It was fun to put the headset on and freely draw in different settings. I found this more enjoyable then looking an exploring cities which was another game, it just made me feel car sick.

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Creating a headset

* We worked in pairs to make a headset. We cut out and then used cardboard.

* We then had the option to download apps from trello

 

Organisations

* Idrop

* Maker movement

* Fablab

* Hackerspace

* Makerspace

* Atelier

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Masters proposal

We need to become as creative as possible to not turn into robots.

Day 2

mblock

We were in pairs or groups of three to connect a circuit board to the computer. We then used the program mblock where you wrote steps to make the device connected to the computer move. This was technical and did take some time to make the device move. We decided to break down the word ‘help’ in code. We did this by writing out the alaphabet and then giving each letter a number. We then used the numbers for help ‘08051116’. This enables to make the device move to these numbers and create the code ‘help’. It was difficult at first but once we understood how the mblock moves the device and how the numbers relate, it was a very quick process.

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VR apps

There was a list of apps that you could download onto your phone and look through on the headsets that we had created on the first day. I downloaded ‘Solarsystem’. Some others downloaded Qlone, Empathy bridge, Lift of VR and BBC civilisation. We then had to discuss our app with others who had downloaded something different. Solar system looks at the solar system in VR and AR. VR – look through at boulders that are moving towards you and then shot. AR – Solar System is in VR & AR. The app creates the atmosphere of being in the solar system. The improvements that could be made is to explain further how the viewer can shot, or give further instructions of the different options. This app could be used in education to learn further information about the solar system.

Dismantle a virtual bomb or Pictionary

* Pictionary was played on tilt brush. Very fun to watch

* Bomb – this was a VR app where you watch through the headset. We worked in a group of 5 and it was a very difficult task. This also was with a manual of 26 pages that covered how you dismantle the bomb. It was difficult to help the person in the headset, we were working from what they described. For example if they saw wires, we would turn to the page in the manual to help them find the solution. Describing 3 / 5 / 6 wires and then we would let them know which wire to cut. It was a complex game and we are yet to dismantle the bomb.

Day 3

Tinkercad

* Hand draw a rocket

* Download tinkercad

* Use the program to recreate the drawing of the rocket

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3d Scanning

* Standing still like a statue or scanning a person from the group

* Using Makehuman to render the figure

 

Day 4

* We worked in groups to speak about funding that is available in Europe.

* Erasmus

* Then we spoke about ideas that could be a potential project which was broken down into questions

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