Studio blends physical and digital worlds to support organizations and student-learning opportunities
Oshawa, ON – Durham College’s (DC) Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) is once again on the leading edge of technology with the opening of the Mixed Reality Capture Studio (the MRC Studio).
What is mixed reality? It’s the result of blending the physical and digital worlds and refers to the merging or combination of virtual environments and real environments where both can exist together.
“We are seeing a global trend toward industries turning to virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and motion capture to enhance the user experience and to gain valuable market share,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean, ORSIE. “That same trend is happening right here in Durham Region. Several companies and organizations approached ORSIE looking for this kind of immersive simulation training and the MRC Studio is our solution.”
Designed to offer organizations access to technical expertise, student talent and a state-of-the-art motion capture stage, and featuring one of only three Captury Live systems in Canada, the MRC Studio allows businesses to develop experiential applications that integrate motion capture, virtual reality, augmented reality and virtual production.
Here are just a few things clients can do at the MRC Studio:
- Build or import virtual spaces.
- Develop immersive and interactive simulation scenarios for multiple applications:
- Use simulations for training.
- Use simulation environments for performance optimization, safety engineering, testing education and within the entertainment industry.
The third applied research centre at DC, the MRC Studio has been established in collaboration with the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD). It joins the AI Hub and Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation in offering organizations opportunities to increase productivity, growth and market potential while also supporting student experiential learning.
“Each of the college’s applied research centre areas of focus – artificial intelligence, craft beer, and now mixed reality capture – are unique but there are also commonalities,” said Don Lovisa, president, Durham College. “These include innovation, addressing market needs and using the latest technology and research to help businesses solve challenges and grow their operations.”
DC’s School of MAD also offers academic programs that will utilize MRC technologies to train students, augmenting classroom learning and making them job-ready.
For more information visit www.durhamcollege.ca/mrcstudio.
About Durham College
At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, we offer approximately 13,400 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and nine apprenticeship programs, including the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management.
We enable students to develop the career-ready skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market by connecting them with expert faculty and offering quality programs. With a focus on experiential learning through field-placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads have the skills and knowledge employers need.
The Oshawa campus features DC’s newest building, the Centre for Collaborative Education, which represents the college’s commitment to working with local business and community partners while bringing together local, Indigenous and global communities and members of key business sectors.
DC’s Whitby campus is home to the Skills Training Centre, where students receive hands-on training and instruction in industrial-grade shop labs for carpentry, HVAC, welding, elevating devices and crane operation, among others. The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs.
For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.
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