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Michigan State University


College of Arts & Letters, Michigan, USA




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Michigan State University : Digital Scholarship Lab

Michigan State University has invested in a cutting-edge Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) within its Main Library that includes a 360° immersive visualisation room from Igloo Vision.

The Shared VR facility offers flexible applications for all disciplines in teaching, learning, and research. For example, history classes can explore architecture from around the world; interior designers can make their designs come to life; and game developers can develop and display their video games in a fully immersive environment.

This was a significant project for Igloo, not just because it's our first US-based university assignment, but also because it features an array of the latest generation laser projectors, equipped with specialised ultra-short throw lenses. This means we get all the benefits of laser projectors (image quality, blendability, reliability, etc) in a relatively confined space, with no shadowing and no loss of image quality.

Incidentally, this installation generated a ton of media coverage, including this piece in Education Technology magazine.

In 2020, we returned to take part in the University's XR Symposium and took the opportunity to find out how it was getting on with the Igloo. Check out the video to see what we found.

And to learn even more about the huge range of uses MSU has for its Igloo, check out our in-depth case study.

“Located at the heart of the campus, our students and faculty now have access to a state-of-the-art facility that elevates our widely recognised strengths in the digital arts and humanities."

Christopher P. Long
Dean of College of Arts & Letters, Michigan State University

Igloo Control
Used for controlling most aspects of the Igloo system, like triggering content, controlling playback and switching between content types

Igloo Remote
An application that controls the Igloo wirelessly over a dedicated Wi-Fi network. Easily control different functions from tabs across the top of the app.

Igloo Warper
Back-end software that seamlessly blends all content from the multiple projectors in the Igloo. Corrects geometry and colour for an immersive experience.