Students and academics are set to benefit from the introduction of cutting-edge extended reality (XR) technology at the University of Glasgow, courtesy of EON Reality.

XR merges augmented and virtual reality technology to create immersive new ways of interacting with computer-generated 3D images and simulations.

The University has partnered with EON Reality, a global leader in augmented and virtual reality-based knowledge, to establish a new EON-XR Center on campus. The EON-XR Center, which will be based at the University’s James Watt South Building, will aim to find new ways to expand the learning experience offered to students across the University’s four Colleges with new technologies.

Students will have access to AR software on their mobile devices and virtual reality VR headsets to bring lessons to life in new ways. Engineering students, for example, will be able to visualize and interact with the inner workings of machinery in virtual space, while medical students could gain new insight into how organs function.

In addition to accessing content through EON Reality’s knowledge metaverse – an online repository of thousands of existing learning tools created with other partners – University teachers will be able to develop their own lessons for students. Learners will also have the chance to build, use and share their own designs.

The partnership is officially unveiled today (Friday, October 1) with an event at the University’s student union reading room.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EON Reality on the establishment of this new Center. Despite being an ancient university, Glasgow has always embraced the opportunities that new technologies offer to enhance student learning. XR technology will become a significant feature of the future global learning landscape and this partnership will allow us to help shape that future.”

Professor Frank CotonUniversity of Glasgow's Vice Principal (Academic Planning & Technological Innovation)

“It’s an honor to partner with an institution like the University of Glasgow, as they helped to set the standard for what high-level education means both today and in years past. Now, we can help launch them into the future with EON-XR and our other solutions. The University of Glasgow is an absolutely legendary academic institution and will make an incredible addition both to our global network as well as the knowledge metaverse.”

Dan LejerskarFounder of EON Reality

Learners at the University’s partner campuses at the Singapore Institute of Technology and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) will also benefit from access to the XR system.

“The benefit of exploiting XR technology goes beyond the pandemic needs of enabling learners to learn from their homes. It will enhance the learning experience even in face-to-face classroom teaching by helping learners to have better visualization and the ability to repeat the experience of learning/training of specific skills in functionally safe environment.”

Professor Muhammad ImranDean of the University of Glasgow UESTC

As the partnership develops, Professor Imran and his team will also use the University’s Urban Testbed, funded by The Scotland 5G Centre, to explore how the high-end digital connectivity that 5G communications technology provides can help create a seamless XR experience.

“The end user experience of XR technology is highly dependent on the resolution and quality of immersive video/graphics as well as agile responses to users’ actions. Consequently, high-end digital connectivity solutions like 5G have a prominent role in improving the user experience and uptake of the XR technology. 5G will be a game changer for augmented and virtual reality, and will enable many new use cases and applications. Scotland 5G Centre is keen to explore the role of 5G to enhance the experience of XR technology for its users.”

Paul CoffeyCEO of the Scotland 5G Centre

About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s 21 years of success are tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global development network — with more than 20 locations worldwide — has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for education and industry with over 8,000 applications and over 40 million users worldwide.

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