Beat Saber Competition

Studio X Beat Saber Competition.

Like dancing to fun music, light sabers, and virtual reality? We have the perfect competition for you! Stop by Studio X over the next few weeks and participate in our three-round Beat Saber competition. Compete against your peers, and if you dominate and have one of the top-three scores, you will win a trophy. If you are the ultimate, numero uno, top dog Beat Saberer, you will win a fancy portable, wireless, waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Ooh La La!

But what’s Beat Saber, you say? Only the most popular VR game of all time! Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game in which you slash floating boxes as they fly toward you to the beat of the music with gigantic light sabers.

The Rules

  • Participants must be affiliated with the University of Rochester. Students, faculty, or staff are welcome to participate.
  • Participants must complete all three rounds to be eligible for prizes.
  • Participants must complete each round in Studio X.
  • Scores must be recorded by a Studio X staff member.
  • Participants will get three attempts for each of the three rounds.
  • Participants are not allowed to use score multipliers.
  • The songs will be chosen by Studio X staff.
  • Once you have your score, you will be added to our scoreboard.
  • At the end of rounds one and two, a selection of the lowest scoring participants will be eliminated. This depends on how many participants we have.
  • The first week will be a song on easy mode, the second week a song on normal mode, and the third week a song on hard mode. You will have to follow the difficulty levels, no matter your current skill level.

The Schedule

You have the entire week to come into Studio X and complete that week’s song.

  • Round 1 (easy) will be the week of November 15th.
  • Round 2 (normal) will be the week of November 29th.
  • Round 3 (hard) will be the week of December 6th.


Sign up here >>

Drop-In Fridays @Studio X

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Join us on Fridays at 1pm for informal XR talks, workshops, demos, and more. Keep your eye out for schedule updates!

10/22 – VR & Art with guest speaker, Isabelle Anderson, New Media Design undergraduate at RIT

Banana Bop – an Interactive VR Musical Experience

10/29 (1-4PM) – Scare Fair @Studio X

Stop by Studio X to try out some spooky AR/VR experiences if you dare!

11/5 – Fun with 360 Cameras in Lam Square

11/12VR Empathy Training for Healthcare Workers – Riham Alieldin, MD, MSc

11/19 – Frameless @Studio X

We’ll be streaming RIT’s Frameless XR Symposium presentations.

12/3 – Zappar AR Demo

Try out Zappar, an augmented reality platform and creative studio. We’ll have some examples for you to try and will show you how to create your own AR experience.

6th Annual Frameless Labs XR Symposium

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November 18 & 19, 2021 | Hybrid @MAGIC Spell Studios, RIT

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The Frameless Symposium is an interdisciplinary symposium focused on research, innovation, and artistic creation in the fields of virtual and augmented reality. The Symposium Committee invites contributions from users and creators of immersive technologies and experiences involved in academia, non-profit and educational organizations, and industry.

Hosted at RIT’s Magic Spell Studios, we welcome both in-person and remote participation for presenters and attendees in the event this year.  Please stay tuned to the symposium website for additional information and updates.

View the full call for participation and learn more about presentation formats, topic of interests, and deadlines

AR Basics with Unity

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Like Pokémon Go or Angry Birds AR? Learn the basics of working with AR (augmented reality) in Unity, a real-time creation platform! Unity is the engine behind all kinds of experiences such as Pokémon Go, Beat Saber, and the new Lion King movie. We’ll discuss how AR apps track objects and images in the real world and show you step-by-step how to create your very own AR experience on a device.

Join Studio X, UR’s hub for immersive technologies, and learn more about the digital world of extended reality (XR). All levels welcome. No experience necessary!

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Note: In order to participate, you will need to complete the following pre-workshop instructions. Need assistance with this process? Join us on the Studio X Discord.

Where: Learning Hub, Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Wednesday, 11/17/2021 from 4 to 5:30pm

This is the final workshop in our three-part Unity workshop series.

Unity Workshop Series

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person playing Beat Saber in a virtual reality headset.

Interested in building virtual worlds, VR simulations, AR applications, and more? Meet Unity, an industry-standard, real-time creation platform used for video games, animations, and XR projects! In this Unity crash course, you will learn about its user interface, the basics of coding, its physics engine, and AR basics. Leveraging this knowledge, you will explore a zombie-infested campus, create your own AR application, and more! Join the Studio X team for this fun and informative 3-week workshop series. All learning levels are welcome. No experience necessary! While we recommend signing up for all four workshops, you are also welcome to attend as many or as few as you can.

Note: In order to participate, you will need to complete the following pre-workshop instructions. Need assistance with this process? Join us on the Studio X Discord.

Where: Learning Hub, Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Wednesdays, 10/27/21 – 11/17/21 from 4 to 5:30pm
Register: Full Series