by Rebecca Merrett

Deakin University to launch virtual and augmented reality hub

Dec 15, 2015
Technology Industry

Deakin University will launch an Interactive Digital Centre Hub in Melbourne CBD in the first half of 2016, which will allow industry partners to access the latest virtual and augmented reality technology.

Partnering with EON Reality, more than US$10 million has been poured into the facility and will be the first of dedicated centre to virtual and augmented reality in the Asian region.

Having a strong group of researchers in virtual reality, Deakin University decided to open a hub to facilitate working with industry and host education programs and courses in this field.

The courses include a Virtual Reality Major as part of a Bachelor of IT, a Graduate Diploma in Virtual Reality, and a Virtual Reality specialisation as part of a Masters in IT. These will begin in July 2016.

A patented multi-user, immersive and high resolution 3D dome will be a feature of the hub, which will be used for outreach programmes.

Deakin University’s commitment to innovation will take another leap forward thanks to this exciting new partnership with EON Reality Inc and perfectly matches the Federal Government’s new Innovation Strategy,” said Deakin’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment pro vice-chancellor, professor Trevor Day.