COMM3032: Bigger than the iPhone? What's Next in Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality

What's Next in Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality


Apple CEO Tim Cook recently stated that Augmented Reality could be an innovation that has a greater impact on the media environment than the smart phone. Given these types of proclamations, this course will offer students an in-depth look at the emerging field of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. Specifically this course will examine the new design and technological possibilities of VR/AR, the media imaginations of VR/AR, and emerging research surrounding VR/AR. This course draws from theories and perspectives in communication, sociology, psychology, media analysis, and computer science to understand the AR phenomena, and to help students imagine/design technologies that will be important in the new media environment. Students will utilize science fiction as a prompt to start thinking about augmented futures, learn how AR is utilized and studied in real-life, and work in teams to conduct a research study around VR/AR technologies.

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