AUT XR LAB
Auckland University of Technology School of Art & Design
XR (Extended Reality) Research Lab
Virtual Reality - Augmented Reality - Mixed Reality
AUT XR LAB RESEARCH PROJECTS
The AUT XR Lab is situated in the School of Art & Design, Auckland University of Technology. Led by researchers Gregory Bennett and Jan Kruse, the lab conducts collaborative research projects with partners in science, health, and heritage, including social impact, climate change/sustainability, and science/health communication. The lab’s expertise lies in 3D visualisation, and interactive experience and narrative design for a range of Extended Reality applications.
‘LOST CITY OF MER’ VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE AND PHONE APP
‘Lost City of Mer’ is a research project by Gregory Bennett in collaboration with Liz Canner, Astrea Media New York. It is aimed at inspiring action against climate change, utilizing a smartphone app and interactive VR gameplay, where players can win rewards that result in positive action and life creation within the game and reduce their personal carbon footprint at the same time. The 'Lost City of Mer' prototype was launched at Games for Change in New York 2018. Exhibits include United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Zone, New York 2019, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 XR (Extended Reality) exhibition, Brisbane.
'VIRTUAL EYE' RESEARCH PROJECT
‘Portable low-cost optical screening’ research project: Creating an interactive VR model of a human eye to mimic healthy and most common diseased estates. Research collaboration: Jan Kruse and Gregory Bennett with Dr Ehsan Vaghefi, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Auckland.
HILLARY’S HUT VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
A research project collaboration with Gregory Bennett, the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, and Dr Barbara Bollard, AUT School of Applied Sciences, Geographic Information Science. A virtual reality experience of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut, where people are invited to step inside Hillary’s (TAE/IGY) Hut from 1957 to explore the first building at what is now New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica. Project due for completion late 2019.
Auckland University of Technology, School of Art & Design, 27 St Paul St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand