Virtual reality has the potential to become a mainstream technology, but it’s not a level playing field for men and women. An interdisciplinary research team at the University of Nevada, Reno aims to make VR more accessible to women. VR sickness, which can include symptoms like nausea, drowsiness and disorientation, is still considered a major barrier to the mass market success of virtual reality.
A $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Science will go toward a new learning tool for those in the construction trades: a virtual reality training facility. Two new simulators are expected to provide reality-based training for heavy equipment operators. The Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) secured the funds as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) challenge grant.
I am addicted to the latest technology gadgets and trends, especially those that are tied to my personal interests like photography, digital entertainment, automation and business. It seems like I never get tired of trying to figure out what the next innovation will bring and how it will impact our lives and business. In that light let’s take a look at a few technology trends and see how they are becoming intertwined between work, home and each other.
A long percolating joint venture between the University of Nevada, Reno and NASA officially took off on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new drone and virtual reality laboratory at Reno-Stead Airport. The Nevada Unmanned Aircraft and NextGen Collaborative Environment Laboratory or NUANCE Lab houses UNR research on airspace management as well as a link to NASA’s airspace simulation system. The facility, which is located at the Reno-Stead Airport Freedom Flight Terminal, also features an adjacent workshop for building unmanned aerial systems — more commonly known as drones.
Business leaders in the region will join the Northern Nevada Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP) on Thursday, March 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss the application of Big Data concepts and tour the DRIVE6 3-D Virtual Reality Laboratory, one of only two such facilities in the nation. It is located on the campus of the Desert Research Institute (DRI). Registration will be open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.