Beat Saber Battle 2022

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Like dancing to fun music, light sabers, and virtual reality? We have the perfect competition for you! Compete against your peers, and if you dominate, you will be crowned as the beat saber champion. If you are the ultimate, numero uno, top dog Beat Saberer, you will win the fanciest of prizes. The kickoff will be during a Drop-In Friday event on Friday, November 11th at 1pm.

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Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
Kick Off: Friday, November 11 at at 1pm

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 show a UR ID with the name under which they registered.
  • Participants must complete all three rounds and final battle to be eligible for prizes.
  • There will be two competition brackets (1. easy/normal level 2. hard, expert, expert+ level). Once a participant selects a bracket, they must stay in that bracket throughout the entire competition.
  • Once the participant chooses their bracket, they are welcome to select which level therein.
  • Participants must complete each round in Studio X.
  • Scores must be verified by a Studio X staff member.
  • Participants will get three attempts for each of the three rounds but not for the final battle.
  • Participants are not allowed to use score multipliers.
  • The songs will be chosen by Studio X staff and will be presented upon arrival for each round.
  • Once you have your score, you will be added to our scoreboard.
  • At the end of each round, a selection of the lowest scoring participants will be eliminated. This depends on how many participants we have.

The Structure

The competition is divided between two brackets:

BEGINNER

Players who are new to the game on the easy/normal levels.

Winning prize: Projector!

EXPERIENCED

Players who have experience with the game on the hard, expert, and expert+ levels.

Winning prize: Meta Quest 2 VR headset!

You can choose which bracket you would like to participate in.

The Schedule

Kick Off: Friday, 11/11 @1pm in Studio X
Round 1: Participants must complete this round by 11/18.
Round 2: Participants must complete this round by 11/22.
Round 3: Participants must complete this round by 12/2.
Final Showdown: Three finalists from each bracket will participate in final competition event on Friday, 12/9 @1pm.


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Drop by Studio X every Friday at 1pm for informal workshops, talks, demos, and more! View the full schedule.

XR Game Night

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Take a break from studying and unwind at XR Game Night at Studio X! The night will begin with a brief headset tutorial, and you can reserve the headsets after the event to keep playing later. We will have snacks, beats, and games to relax, have fun, and vibe!

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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!

Instructor: Nefle Nesli Oruç
Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
When: Tuesday, December 6th @7:30pm
Register: libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/9662693

Make Your Own AR Mini Driving Game

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Learn how to create your own AR mini driving game with Apple ARKit, a mobile platform that makes it easy to create all kinds of AR experiences. In this workshop, participants will use Reality Composer, a tool within ARKit, to create simple 3D models, add physics and behaviors, and deploy their creation on an iPhone or iPad.

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!

Note: In order to participate, you will need to complete the pre-workshop instructions, which will be sent by email prior to the event. Need assistance with this process? Ask for help on the Studio X Discord (Quick Questions Channel). 

Instructor: Hao Zeng
Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
When: Tuesday, November 15th from 6 to 7:30pm
Register: libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/9662565

Create Your Own Selfie Filters for Instagram

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Ever wondered how the fun selfie filters on Instagram are created? It’s easier than you think!

Create your own custom effects with Spark AR Studio, a free AR tool. With this platform, you can incorporate images and 3D models, animation, interaction, and more into filters without knowing how to code. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating effects and how to publish them to Instagram. We’ll also provide some custom UR assets, so you can spread that Meliora spirit!

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!

Note: Attendees will need a Facebook account and to download Spark AR studio (Mac and PC) as well as the Spark AR app (iOS and Android) for testing ahead of time. Need assistance with this process? Ask for help on the Studio X Discord (Quick Questions Channel). 

Instructor: Mila Paymukhina
Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
When: Friday, 11/4/2022 @1PM
Register: libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/9662190


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Drop by Studio X every Friday at 1pm for informal workshops, talks, demos, and more! View the full schedule.

VR Games Pop-Up @iZone

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Hang out with friends and play fun virtual reality games at a cozy Studio X pop-up at iZone! There will be donuts, cider, and swag up for grabs (warm Studio X beanies). 

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Games will be playing…

  • Acron: Attack of the Squirrels
  • Beat Saber
  • First Steps
  • Epic Roller Coasters
  • Job Simulator
  • iB Cricket
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR series

Where: iZone Forum
When: Thursday, 11/3 from 4 to 6pm

Scare Fair 2022

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Do you love Halloween? Do you love VR? Yes?!!!?!! We have the perfect spooky afternoon planned for you…. if you dare. Stop by this Friday during Scare Fair to try the spookiest VR experiences.

Some options will include…

1. Beat Saber Spooky Beat

2. Haunted Halloween roller coaster

When: Friday, 10/28 from 1 to 4pm

Where: Studio X, Carlson Library, First Floor

Ain Center Collaboration: Build Your Entrepreneurial Foundation Block-by-Block: Introduction to AR/VR

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Join the Ain Center for our new workshop series, Build Your Entrepreneurial Foundation Block-by-Block! These workshops are designed to help student innovators and entrepreneurs learn more about special tools, resources, approaches, and concepts that could help them with their projects and career paths.

Our second edition of the Block-by-Block series is in partnership with Studio X. This workshop will help innovators learn about how they can use XR technologies to implement their ideas. Come and explore the opportunities with XR technologies!

Contact the Ain Center if you have any questions!

Instructors: Waleed Nadeem & Liam O’Leary
Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
When: Wednesday, October 26th from 6:30 to 8pm
Register.

Blender 101: Spooky Season Edition

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Create the spooktacular 3D character of your nightmares! This workshop focuses on asset creation with the 3D modeling software, Blender. This open-source and free software has become the industry standard over the last couple of years. Learn how to navigate its workspace, tools, and hotkeys and become familiar with one of the most popular platforms of the industry. You will create a low-polygon model using provided reference images. Your model can then potentially be used as avatars in other XR projects or 3D workspaces such as Unity.

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!

Note: Workshop attendees must bring a laptop with Blender installed. Please download this ahead of time.

Instructor: Nefle Nesli Oruç
Where: Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Tuesday, October 25th from 6 to 7:30pm
Register: libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/9660772

Make Your Own Short 360° Video

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Learn the basics of 360 recording and editing with Studio X’s Insta360 cameras. Create fun effects like stop motion, cloning, and tiny planet clips that can be used for all kinds of projects from social media to music videos.

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!

Participants will need to download the free Insta360 Studio 2022 editing software to their own computers (available on both PC and Mac) prior to the workshop. Need assistance with this process? Ask for help on the Studio X Discord (Quick Questions Channel). 

Instructor: Fin Tran
Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
When: Friday, October 14th at 1pm
Register: libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/9659848


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Drop by Studio X every Friday at 1pm for informal workshops, talks, demos, and more! View the full schedule.

VR Game Afternoon

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Relax, take a break, and play VR games in Studio X! We’ll provide good music, fun games, and a relaxing vibe. Bring your friends and come have fun.

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!

Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor
When: Friday, October 7th at 1pm


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Drop by Studio X every Friday at 1pm for informal workshops, talks, demos, and more! View the full schedule.