The mixed reality lab is used for project work in the modules, among other things
- Interdisciplinary Project (IPR)
- Virtual Product Development (VPD)
- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
- Human-Machine Interaction (HMI)
- Computer graphics
The laboratory is available for doctoral candidates and students for project work and theses. Students are mostly (but not exclusively) from the courses
- Computer Science (Bachelor)
- General Computer Science (Master)
- Inclusive Design (Masters)
- High Integrity Systems (Master)
- Business Informatics (formerly EBIS/ÌBIS) (Bachelor)
- Product Development and Technical Design (Bachelor)
- Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor & Master)
The lab also serves as a research and testing playground for educators interested in exploring the potential of AR/VR applications or developing and testing their own content. Special devices provide virtual reality environments and augmented reality environments to explore the topics of Industry 4.0, IoT and questions of work ergonomics.
The equipment of the mixed reality laboratory includes the latest sensor and display technologies:
- Immersive, high-resolution VR displays including HTC Vive Pro 2, HTC Vive Pro, Meta Quest, HP Reverb, Lenovo Explorer, Microsoft HoloLens 1/2
- Room-filling motion-capturing system OptiTrack with 16 Prime 13W cameras for single and multi-user full-body capture
- Marker-based and markerless systems for face, finger and object detection
- Brain-Computer Interfaces (EEG, OpenBCI)
- Bioplux physiological sensors (EMG, GSR, ECG, HR, HRV,...)
- Networked workstations and various access points for high-speed data transmission and connection to the university network
- Software including Unity Pro, Vuforia and the latest AR toolkits
Away from the laboratory, the HoST provides researchers with additional work and development rooms in the co-working space.
In general, research is carried out in the mixed reality laboratory:
- Evaluation and interaction methods for virtual and augmented reality
- Evaluation of prototypes, e.g. in the smart home area and assistive systems
- Virtual product and application development
- Physiological reactions and interactions of users in VR/AR
- Cognitive Systems and Human Activity Recognition
- Simulation of in-situ prototypes
The mixed reality laboratory works together with the interdisciplinary research center FUTURE AGING of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
For testing and trying out socio-technical solution drafts for an aging society, AR/VR environments based on motion capturing and motion detection for assistive systems, but also the accessibility of MR systems themselves are increasingly the focus of research in the laboratory.
The interdisciplinary research project HYBRID THINKING is also active in the mixed reality laboratory. Here modern mixed reality applications for assistive care systems for therapeutic measures are developed and researched.
Other research topics are the development and testing of assistive technologies and technology-supported services for independent living, living and working - even with functional losses/restrictions.