IIT Madras launches virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality consortium
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras has launched a consortium for virtual reality (VR) called “Consortium for VR / AR / MR Engineering Mission in India” (CAVE). The main objective of this consortium is to enable members to jointly create new technologies and advanced applications in VR, augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and haptics.
CAVE’s mission is to promote XR engineering and the development of haptic technology, the institute said. The consortium aims to become a resource for industry, academia, consumers and policy makers interested in virtual, augmented and mixed reality, says IIT Madras.
The main envisioned outcomes of CAVE include the development of native VR / AR / MR and haptics hardware and software, the establishment of a “VR highway” or “VR corridor” where many start-ups and industries would work together. It also aims to promote VR skills training and offer courses to bridge the gap between global MR and haptics needs.
“As RM is highly interdisciplinary, innovations in this field need a confluence of minds from different fields. While most research labs around the world focus on the computational aspect of virtual reality or the robotic aspect of virtual reality, the IIT Madras center focuses on the fundamentals of virtual reality – perception and illusion. Haptics is the future of VR systems, and all interactions in the future VR will be designed with our understanding of haptics, ”said IIT Madras.
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