The Digital Media Experience Lab provides extracurricular student learning through workshops, and helps to develop basic and advanced digital skill-sets while exposing them to new and emerging technologies. Source: Ryerson University
The Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) at Ryerson Unversity is an emerging technology lab which provides in-lab teaching sessions, as well as portable and borrow-able devices. Prior to my visit at the Ryerson DME, I had heard of the device Oculus Rift. Oculus Rift is one of the world’s leading virtual reality headset(s). One of the workers or volunteers at the Ryerson DME had told me that the device was available, and I decided to try it out.
The DME had let me try on the Oculus Rift and have two separate experiences. The first experience had been a simple show of the capabilities of virtual reality. Seeing shapes and moving objects was the first experience of Oculus Rift I had. I was not new to virtual reality, as I had previously used the Playstation VR and the Samsung Gear. In comparison, the experience I had with Oculus Rift was more of the same as the previously mentioned virtual reality headsets.
Additionally, the device was very user friendly. Although I had prior experience using VR headsets, I can imagine students or faculty members trying the Oculus Rift and not having any trouble.
Moving to the future
Expanding the games or apps available for the DME VR experience may provide people with different interest(s), a reason to come back or take further initiative to try and work with the DME in the future. Moreover, the staff at the DME was very kind and willing to teach anyone about the technology that was available. As for the Oculus Rift, the situation is very unique. Virtual reality is starting to become more and more available with newer devices such as the HTC VIVE . The Oculus Rift is a hit in terms of technological capabilities, however with similar VR devices at a lower cost; it is hard to see a successful future. As technology continues to advance at a constant rate, it is only a matter of time before full-dive virtual reality becomes available. Will Oculus Rift be able to make that happen? Only time will tell.