Spring 2024: VR Open Houses

Explore Virtual Reality Programming with guidance from MediaHub Staff. 

Curious about virtual and augmented reality systems? Want to explore fantastic worlds, paint and build structures, or find calm and zen in a headset?

ITSS MediaHub is hosting Virtual Reality Open Houses throughout the Spring 2024 Semester in Kirby Plaza 175.  Attendees will explore a selection of applications using MetaQuest 2 VR headsets. No experience is necessary. Times Updated on February 27, 2024: We will be hosting these open houses on:

  • Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. 
  • Fridays, 10 to 12 p.m.

Can’t make it to this event?  Learn more at our Virtual Reality at UMD Webpage or schedule an appointment with [email protected]

Note: If you wear glasses and have contact lenses, it is recommended that you bring them. Often, individuals who can read close-ups without their glasses can use virtual reality.

What can I do with a VR headset?

ITSS has installed the following titles on our headsets.

  • Bait!: Grab your rod and cast a line in the world’s #1 VR fishing game 
  • Elixir: You’ll join our team located somewhere in the nether world to feed, wash, and document mysterious creatures (applicants inexperienced with dragon vomit need not apply).
  • Guided Tai Chi: Refresh your mind, body, and spirit with 200+ Tai Chi inspired workouts across 20 beautiful nature settings!
  • Job Simulator: In a world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the "Job Simulator" to learn what it was like 'to job'.     
  • Maloka: Travel to your own personal island and embark on an immersive mindfulness journey like no other. Maloka’s enchanting visuals maximize activation of low Beta and Theta brain waves, helping to easily bring you into a state of flow
  • Meta Horizon Worlds : Whether you are looking for community, games, events or everything in between, this is the place to be. With new worlds and quests launching all the time there is always something new to do. Meta Horizon Worlds is free so you can jump in right away.
  • Mission: ISS: In this Emmy-nominated simulation, learn how to move and work in zero-gravity using your controllers
  • Oculus First Contact: Experience the magic of ‘presence’ in VR, exploring moments that feel as real as they are fantastically impossible. We've built a magic box full of toys and a robot guide; make a new friend, then touch, tap, bounce, hold and throw things, and play together. 
  • Open Brush: Open Brush is the community created successor to Tilt Brush, a room-scale 3D-painting virtual-reality application available from Google, originally developed by Skillman & Hackett.
  • Power Wash Simulator: Grab hold of your power washer in the super-soothing simulator that has taken the world by storm. 
  • ShapesXR: In ShapesXR anybody can start creating in 3D without prior experience within minutes. You can design and prototype your immersive app, invite others to co-create in real-time, or present your ideas using ShapesXR storyboard feature. 
  • Vader Immortal: Episode 1: With the help of your droid companion, ZO-E3, you’ll navigate the dangers of the fortress, hone your lightsaber skills, and meet new characters along the way as you discover what Vader is up to.
  • YouTube VR - The YouTube VR app turns every video on the platform into your own virtual reality experience and reimagines YouTube as a 3D world you can explore from the inside.