Virtalis teams up with the University of Liverpool

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Virtalis has partnered with the Virtual Engineering Centre, (VEC) the University of Liverpool’s digital innovation centre in London to create a 4k ActiveWall and adjacent ActiveDesk facility within the University’s Finsbury Square campus.

“Our links to the University of Liverpool, both within its Engineering Department and through the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) at Daresbury, stretch back almost a decade”, said Virtalis MD, David Cockburn-Price. “Our technology has been embedded into both the Formula Student and ARION programmes, so we were proud to help put Virtual Reality (VR) at the heart of the University’s new London base”.

The Virtalis ActiveWall features a Christie Digital Boxer 4K projector and an ART 6DoF tracking system. The adjacent suite for VR desktop working contains both a zSpace and an HTC Vive-based ActiveSpace. In addition, Virtalis has provided student licences of its Visionary Render and GeoVisionary software.

The University of Liverpool in London campus caters exclusively for postgraduates and those pursuing Continuing Professional Development Programmes. All the London courses are delivered by University of Liverpool staff and partners, and benefit from the University’s research, but allow the University to additionally foster its links with London-based employers, professional institutes and policy-makers based in the capital.

Lynn Dwyer, interim Head of Business Development within the Virtual Engineering Centre and The School of Engineering at The University of Liverpool commented: “Our new VEC@London facility is multi-disciplinary, though there are core subjects including architecture, urban planning and industrial design. By working closely with Virtalis, we are exposing our students to VR technology for them to take into their research, as well as their future working lives. We know that VR is a safe place to take risks!”

Combining Virtalis’ technological know-how and their latest VR hardware and software alongside the technical and academic expertise from the University, the partnership will become a premium VR facility and professional development experience in the heart of London.