Outside the auditorium, in between the rockets and the trapeze artists, a twenty six-foot tall remote-controlled metal hand was crushing cars for fun. Under a series of nearby tents educators, entrepreneurs, and engineers demonstrated their latest inventions, pitted robots against each other in combat, and taught programming to grade schoolers lucky enough to have been…
Professor Orin James, a biology faculty member at Pitt Bradford, leads a yearly Study Abroad program to Austria. This past September in Bradford the Open Lab provided students interested in the program with Google Cardboard VR viewers as well as the chance to use an Oculus Rift headset. Students and faculty used this equipment to take virtual tours of some of the sites that they may get to visit during their time in Austria, but they also explored ice caves, tropical oceans, and even the human body itself.
One of our regular customers is Mathematics professor, Donna Rosenberger. Over the years, we have formed a good working relationship, so when one of our colleagues, Perry Ganchuck, mentioned a book he had been interested in called Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing, I offered Donna a chance to get some of those models printed for her courses.
Jennifer White is an instructor and doctoral candidate with the Occupational Therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Following a workshop given by our Teaching Commons, Jennifer was referred to our department by Carol Washburn. Jennifer expressed a general interest in 3D printing, and after some discussion and research we found that there is some potential for creating custom sized splints for hand and wrist injuries.
Professor Peng Liu from the Chemistry Department reached out to our department after reading a blog post about our acquisition of an Oculus Rift developers kit. He had been working with a student on a method to visualize molecular structures in Virtual Reality, but had only begun to experiment with certain developer tools for the Android phone/tablet platform