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North Dakota UND and Qbit VR Training solution


On the 12th of October 2017, the University of North Dakota, together with Qbit Technologies, presented the first VR lab of the University. The VR lab included seven workstations, all equipped with VIVE in the same room, divided by a LED curtain display, by Huasun Technology.

Around forty people spent their time in that single room that day, in groups of ten, and everything worked perfectly. As many of you may know, there are several tutorials online, explaining how to install VIVEs in the same real world space. So, we took inspiration from one of them and followed this procedure: run HTC VIVE setup on the first workstation, while all the others are not connected to VIVE; once finished, run Steam VR and wait for each VIVE peripheral to be detected by the lighthouses; do the Room Setup and complete the process; disconnect the VIVE from the first workstation and close Steam VR; repeat from step 1 to step 4 for each new workstation.

The very important thing was to set up the lighthouses so to track the VIVEs in groups. Because of their infrared tracking technology, it requires some time to find the right spot for each couple of sensors.We divided the workstations in two groups, because of the LED curtain display.

What we experimented is probably part of a big strategy by HTC VIVE, that has worked recently on a project to provide one school in China’s NingXia Province with 20 fully functional VR classrooms, 50 students each.

This experiment is a sample of how virtual reality has the potential to create entertaining training environments, not only in 3D, but also connected to our daily routine, enriching and evolving our daily experiences in the real world.