Univ. of Washington opens virtual and augmented reality research lab funded by tech giants – GeekWire

By Taylor Soper on January 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

Photo via UW. Seattle’s virtual and augmented reality scene just got a boost, courtesy of the University of Washington and three tech giants.

The UW announced today a new VR and AR research hub called UW Reality Lab, funded by Facebook, Google, and Huawei, which each contributed $2 million for the initiative.

The center, located at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, will serve home to a state-of-the-art lab that supports related research and education initiatives. The UW says it is “one of the world’s first academic centers dedicated to virtual and augmented reality.”

“Through our partnership with Facebook, Google, and Huawei, the Allen School and UW will be at the forefront of the next great wave of AR and VR innovation — pursuing breakthrough research and educating the next generation of innovators in this exciting and rapidly expanding field,” Hank Levy, Allen School director and Wissner-Slivka Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, said in a statement.

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