What is the VisBox-X2?
VisBox-X2, a virtual reality system used to immerse students in a visualized three-dimensional image. Valpo is one of the very few undergraduate institutions to own a virtual reality system. VisBox-X2 allows Engineering students to visualize a project in three dimensions and aids in learning to perform computer-aided design and drafting, useful tools in professional situations.
We get these and many other questions regarding the area of the library where our 3D VisBox is located. We have been advertising the use of our VisBox for over three years now for classes and organizations, offering once a month gaming nights and student/parent tours. Inevitably, we still get the question, what is the VisBox? Before I get into that, I first want to provide some background on how the library acquired the VisBox. Our VisBox was once located in the College of Engineering. As the college grew, so did its technology needs. Dean of Library Services Brad Eden was approached with the opportunity to acquire the VisBox for the library. Preparations were made in the library to relocate the advanced media lab to the 1st-floor alcove. Black film on the glass partitions and drapes were installed to provide the atmosphere needed to project images from the machine. According to VisBox.com, the VisBox is an immersive 3D visualization system that allows users to collaboratively examine and manipulate complex 3D models with natural interaction and human 1 to 1 scale. This equipment works well across multiple disciplines. We use our VisBox for hosting virtual reality gaming nights. Participants have included IT and digital art classes as well as fraternities. We hope to soon have a fulltime VisBox Coordinator managing the equipment. But, for now, we employ experienced graduate students to support our equipment. This spring, our VisBox Coordinator Marianne Costa Alexandrino has been an integral part of running gaming nights and introducing new hand-held technologies for the library. She will be available the week of May 2-6 and May 9 -10 to offer some much-needed study breaks for students. VisBox Coordinator Marianne Costa Alexandrino. After that, we started working with Chloe Witter a graduate student at Valparaiso University for the spring semester of 2017 working from January 2017 to May 2017. The work was transferred to her successor from graduate school Masters Student Goteti. Srinivasa Sriharsha for the Fall term of 2017 i.e., from August 2017 to December 2017.
How can you get in contact with Us?
Our 3D VisBox provides opportunities for students and faculty to experiment with various visualization constructs as well as Oculus Rift technologies. Everyone is encouraged to contact us regarding a tour of the 3D VisBox as well as Game Night opportunities for campus organizations and classes. Contact Administrative Assistant Detra Becker (Detra.Becker@valpo.edu) or call ext. 5364.
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