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Local tech experts offer Vancouver ‘Reality Check’

Augmented and virtual reality technologies have been used for many purposes, including education, entertainment and convenience. On April 1, Washington State University Vancouver will highlight its applications in the business world.

The event, entitled “Reality Check: Technologies That Will Change the Way We Work and Think,” is part of the Chancellor’s Seminar Series. This lecture series is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on a variety of topics. Previous lectures have covered such topics as neuroscience, the health benefits of sleep and Washington state vintners.

WSU Vancouver’s own Dene Grigar, a professor in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program, will be presenting alongside Nathan Stahlman, the COO of Instructional Technologies, Inc., which provides computer-based interactive driving courses.

Stahlman will talk about his company’s use of virtual reality to create a feeling of actually being in the seat of a semi-truck or bulldozer as they learn to operate heavy equipment. Grigar’s talk will discuss her research projects and potential business applications of the technologies she is studying.

The program runs from 11:45 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Tickets are normally $25, but a small number are available to students for free through OSI. The event includes lunch as well as a seat at the lecture.

For more information, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/css or call 360-546-9589.

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