Engineering students bring virtual reality to performing arts center

Engineering student in virtual reality goggles

What do you get when you mix performing artsengineering and virtual reality goggles? Five CWRU undergraduate students recently found out. 

After several years and hundreds of hours of dedication, the team has brought to life a virtual reality solution to visualizing stage setups at the university’s Maltz Performing Arts Center.

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They used 3-D modeling and virtual reality visualization software to bring the Maltz Center stage and assets to life. They rendered objects in the software, such as music stands, chairs and risers, so clients can build their stage setups from the comfort of their own homes. 

Rising senior Ben Voth, a member of the team, says the project is proof of CWRU’s strengths in both the sciences and arts.

“This project was an excellent way for me to apply the problem-solving and technical skills I am developing as an engineering student to the world of the performing arts that I hold very dear. CWRU is always supportive of cross-disciplinary endeavors and the application of new technology.” 

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