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Virtalis' ActiveWall at the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) at Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus proved to be such a draw to University of Liverpool students and academics that they were keen to have their own Virtual Reality (VR) suite.

As a result, Virtalis has recently installed its ActiveMove interactive 3D visualisation system and Visionary Render software in the new VEC@Liverpool facility, which sits within the School of Engineering. "The university was keen to establish a VEC@Liverpool on campus, close to the students and where they are developing designs for their final year projects, such as Formula Student and Liverpool Velocipede ARION 1 Land Speed Bicycle challenge," explains Lynn Dwyer, business manager at VEC.

"In addition to supporting the undergraduate curriculum and familiarising students with the development of Virtual Labs and VR software such as Virtalis' Visionary Render software, the VEC@Liverpool was established to support PhD students and researchers to develop bespoke Virtual Labs to assist with their studies and research challenges."

The university's new Industrial Design programme, offered within the School of Engineering, is expected to be a heavy user of ActiveMove. Owain Pedgley, senior lecturer in Industrial Design at The University of Liverpool, comments: "Industrial design researchers at the University of Liverpool are using Virtalis systems to help design and evaluate interactive elements of product interfaces, such as controls, input devices, displays and feedback sources. This is seen as a natural extension to using VR for visual product appraisals, and reflects an industry need to simulate, and thus refine, the intended operation and user experience of new design concepts, without recourse to physical prototypes."

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Title Annotation:WHAT'S HAPPENING; University of Liverpool's virtual reality suite
Publication:Engineering Designer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 1, 2016
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