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

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

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!

a person holding a tablet that displays an augmented reality experience.

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, 11/10/2021 from 4 to 5:30pm
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/8274041

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

Make Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine with Unity

illustration of a Rube Goldberg machine.

Ever wanted to create your own elaborate contraption to perform a simple task in the most extra way? Studio X is here to help! In this workshop, we will use Unity, a real-time creation platform used for video games, animations, AR/VR projects, and more to create the Rube Goldberg machine of your dreams. Unity is the engine behind all kinds of experiences such as Pokémon Go, Beat Saber, and the new Lion King movie. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of its user interface, components, and the physics engine.

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 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, 11/3/2021 from 4 to 5:30PM
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/8274006

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

Survive a Zombie Apocalypse with Unity

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Zombies have invaded the River Campus, and ground travel through the quad is no longer an option! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Unity, a real-time creation platform used to build virtual worlds, animations, and much more. Unity is the engine behind all kinds of experiences such as Pokémon Go, Beat Saber, and the new Lion King movie. You will experiment with the camera, beginner scripting concepts, and 3D math to fly virtually through the quad. We’ll provide the virtual Eastman Quad filled with zombies. It’s up to you chart your course and survive the apocalypse. 

screenshot of a Unity project with a zombie ground hog
Oh, no! They got groundboi.

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 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, 10/27/2021 from 4 to 5:30pm
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/8273976

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

Unity Workshop Series

person playing Beat Saber in a virtual reality headset.
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 – 11/10/21 from 4 to 5:30pm
Register: Full Series

Create a Spooky 3D Character with Blender!

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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 3-D workspaces such as Unity.

screenshot of 3D modeled cat in Blender

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: Learning Hub, Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Thursday, October 14th from 6 to 7:30pm
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/8266876

Intro to XR

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AR? VR? MR? What now? Want to learn more about immersive technologies or extended reality (XR) but don’t know where to start? This workshop will demystify these technologies, explain their history, and demonstrate use cases across disciplines all while showing you the newest applications in a fun-hands-on experience for any level of expertise!

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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: Ayiana Crabtree
Where: Learning Hub, Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Thursday, September 30th from 6 to 7:30pm
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/8266864

Escape from Virtual Eastman Quad! | RCL Stress-Less Week

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Banner graphic with text: "Escape from virtual Eastman Quad! Take a break from your studies and enter the Studio X Virtual Escape Room! On Thurs, 5/12 at 6PM. It's a virtual event." Icon of VR headset.

Take a break from your studies and enter the Studio X Virtual Escape Room! Using Mozilla Hubs (free XR software), you’ll be able to create an avatar, enter the virtual Eastman Quad, and discover clues in the space that will help you escape. River Campus Library staff will be there to give you tips and answer any questions about the new Studio X space for immersive technologies that will open in Carlson Library in Fall 2021.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three participants that escape in the allotted time! 

Where: Virtually via Zoom
When: Thursday, 5/13/2021 @6-7PM
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/7768747

Create Your Own Selfie Filters for Instagram

person holding a smart phone high in the air.

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

Join River Campus Libraries and Studio X to create your own custom effects with Spark AR Studio, an augmented reality tool from Facebook. 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 and/or Facebook. We’ll also provide some custom UR assets, so you can spread that Meliora love! All levels are 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.

Have questions? Join us on the Studio X Discord.

Where: Virtually via Zoom
When: Thursday, 3/25/2021 @6-7:30PM
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/7596111