Virtual Reality at Gelardin
What Is It?
Virtual Reality (VR), or immersive multimedia, recreates physical environments by artificially creating sensory experiences through various technologies. At the Gelardin New Media Center, we have 3 different kinds of headsets, all shown to the right. The headsets track head and hand movements, allowing users to interact with and immerse themselves in various experiences.
Why Is It Important?
VR has infinite uses in entertainment, education, medicine, military, and more. People can play immersive video games, practice dangerous military maneuvers, and simulate extremely complex surgeries by simply putting on a headset and entering a virtual reality. Users can go on a roller coaster, and even fly through space without leaving a room. VR provides the ability to be in places you aren't or even places that do not exist. This allows us to do research that might have been otherwise dangerous or impossible. The ability to virtually walkthrough any museum in the world or on the surface of Mars is unprecedented. Virtual Reality technology still has a ways to go, but Gelardin aims to be at its forefront.
*Please note, only authorized users are able to gain access to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.
Step 1: Become authorized to use the VR station
To gain access to the VR stations sign up for a VR consultation at www.library.georgetown.edu/gelardin/consultation.
Once you receive a VR consultation you’ll be authorized to reserve and use the VR station!
Step 2: Reserve the VR Station
Go to our patron reservation portal at: www.library.georgetown.edu/gelardin/pir
In the window that says “Choose Organization” select Idea Lab
Now go to the the top left of the screen and select the icon to make a New Reservation.
Select the day and time of your desired reservation and then go down to the Browse Resources window and select Spaces. Here is where you’ll be able to select and reserve the VR/Gaming Station. NOTE: Please ensure your reservation ENDS 30 minutes before the Gelardin New Media Center Circulation Desk closes and STARTS 30 minutes after it opens. See hours.
- Select the "+" next to the VR/Gaming Station then click "Confirm" to finalize the reservation.
Step 3: Using the VR Station
Reserve a time to use the VR station. See above. (If possible, please reserve a time when you can utilize the VR equipment with a partner present. This will enable you or your guest to help manage the VR headset cables while the VR participant is in an immersive experience)
Come to the Gelardin service desk at the time of your reservation to check in. NOTE: The authorized user must present his/her GoCard at pickup and is responsible for any damages that may occur while using the VR equipment and the space.
Staff will walk you over to the Idea Lab and unlock the VR headset.
At this point you’ll also be logged-in to the VR computer. After you’re logged-in, choose VR experiences from the folders located on the desktop.
*If you have any technical issues while using the VR station and equipment we ask that you do not troubleshoot or attempt to reprogram any software associated with HTC Vive or Oculus equipment.
Create Your Own VR Content!