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Students develop VR prototype for interior decorating

Students present virtual plans and designs created in prototyping lab

Students have developed virtual reality prototypes are part of nextMedia.Hamburg and nextReality.Hamburg’s first VR Prototyping Lab in Speicherstadt backed by Bauer Xcel Media, Foodboom und Spiegel Online, a press release said in February. This has resulted in a VR experience of the moon landing and a virtual application for building houses based on a DIY construction kit. Preparations for the next prototyping lab are already underway.

Recipe app and moon landing

The prototype by the Foodboom team consists of app for turning ingredients into a ready-to-eat meal. Agata Strausa and Xuan Linh Do from HAW Hamburg as well as Victor Eckhardt from the University of Hamburg gave a live demonstration of the application, which resulted in 3,500 labels with 18 selected ingredients.

The Spiegel Online project team has developed a VR experience to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The students Anna-Lena Spleet, Fabian Meyer and Julian Kornacker constructed a VR application based on NASA data that focuses on untold stories of the event. Their prototype can also be used as a 360-degree video and . will be available on Spiegel Online in summer.

Gamification and dream homes

Using a modular system, walls can be raised; floor coverings laid and entire rooms furnished and decorated with pictures and other objects. A virtual buddy gives users step-by-step instructions and can move freely in the 3D environment. The prototype’s physical laws are so realistic that simulated results can then be recreated in real life.

University co-operation

Commenting on the experience, the students said: “I learned a lot, especially through the joint conception, regular brainstorming sessions and the professional co-operation with the Bauer Media Group,” said Dennis Kahya, a student in the Digital Reality master’s course at the University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). The VR Prototyping Lab gave him the opportunity to explore untrodden paths in virtual worlds and to develop a prototype with potential for product maturity.

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