A global initiative to democratize Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) hardware and software for academic institutions, VR First, are planning to open 50 VR/AR labs at colleges and universities by the end of this year, in an effort to meet future workforce demands.
They believe immersive technologies can drive the future job market and therefore students should be trained using such technologies and tools. There are 26 VR First Labs operating around the United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania, with 14 more opening soon according to a news release.
Applications for content created in the labs range from gaming, education and architecture to cinematics, psychology and other sectors according to the news release.
In addition to providing workforce training, the initiative will establish new standards for creation and consumption environments in VR, AR and mixed reality.