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January 13, 2021 Wednesday 04:36:11 PM IST

MIT.nano’s Immersion Lab opens for researchers and students

The MIT.nano Immersion Lab, MIT’s first open-access facility for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and interacting with data, is now open and available to MIT students, faculty, researchers, and external users. The powerful set of capabilities is located on the third floor of MIT.nano in a two-story space resembling a black-box theater. The Immersion Lab contains embedded systems and individual equipment and platforms, as well as data capacity to support new modes of teaching and applications such as creating and experiencing immersive environments, human motion capture, 3D scanning for digital assets, 360-degree modeling of spaces, interactive computation and visualization, and interfacing of physical and digital worlds in real-time.

A major focus of the lab is to support data exploration, allowing scientists and engineers to analyze and visualize their research at the human scale with large, multidimensional views, enabling visual, haptic, and aural representations. “The facility offers a new and much-needed laboratory to individuals and programs grappling with how to wield, shape, present, and interact with data in innovative ways,” says Brian W. Anthony, the associate director of MIT.nano and faculty lead for the Immersion Lab.

Massive data is one output of MIT.nano, as the workflow of a typical scientific measurement system within the facility requires iterative acquisition, visualization, interpretation, and data analysis. The Immersion Lab will accelerate the data-centric work of MIT.nano researchers, but also of others who step into its space, driven by their pursuits of science, engineering, art, entertainment, and education.

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