VR goes to the Fair

Five Iowa State University (ISU) students spent their Saturday at the 2016 Iowa State Fair promoting Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to hundreds of fair-goers who walked through the 4-H building. Children and parents visiting the booth experienced demos of AR on iPads and VR in the Oculus Rift. Visitors learned about the practical uses of both VR and AR. The team also explained their ongoing research with farming technologies at ISU’s VRAC (Virtual Reality Applications Center). Business cards with contact information were given to farmers interested in participating in future studies. Involved in the outreach were Chase Meusel, HCI graduate student; Kaitlyn Ouverson, senior in Psychology; Jordan Starkey, senior in Industrial Engineering; Chase Grimm, junior in Industrial Engineering; and Carter Engen, sophomore in Industrial Engineering.  Vijay Kalivarapu and Paul Easker, VRAC staff members, helped put the display together.  See photos here.