Virtual + Augmented Reality

Due to the construction on the 1st floor of Wendt Commons, the Kohler Visualization Studio is not available to check out this year.

The Kohler Innovation Visualization Studio is located on the 1st floor of the Wendt Commons and comprises The Visualization Studio (108), and the AR/VR Room (106).

Use Requirements

Learning Modules (Optional!) Join the course in Canvas.

VR Headsets are available to faculty and staff who are part of the College of Engineering. If you are not affiliated with the College of Engineering you must have an M-Pass to reserve the headsets.

  • This is only for faculty/staff at UW and not for students or student orgs to check out.
  • The Makerspace student staff can provide basic technical support prior to the reservation but will not be able to run, organize, teach lab lessons, and/or create educational content specific to a course. Makerspace staff with VR expertise may not be present during all scheduled lab times so advanced planning is required. It’s recommended that each course has a lab TA that is fairly knowledgeable with frequent questions and issues with their lesson.

Headset Request Form

You are responsible for: 

  • Installing software applications on the headsets before the pick-up time. Expect to plan time at least 1 week prior to your reservation to load and test needed applications as well as test internet connection in your reserved space. This can take 20+ minutes/headset. 
  • Reserving a room for your class. Due to construction on the 1st floor of Wendt Commons we can not offer the use of the Kohler Visualization Center at this time. Instructors should reserve a room on campus through EMS, we recommend trying to reserve a room on Floor 3 or 4 of Wendt Commons to minimize transport efforts of the headsets.
  • The safe transport and return of all headsets. We can provide suitcases that can accommodate approximately 15 headsets.

Makerspace staff will:

  • Coordinate schedules with instructors, including time instructors may need to load files to the headsets.
  • Provide technical support to instructors regarding VR headsets, including hardware and firmware updates prior to the reservation.
  • Troubleshoot headsets that are malfunctioning (based on staffing availability and may not occur on-demand).
  • Provide disposable headset covers at the request of instructors; requests must be made in a reasonable timeframe.

We will do our best to ensure the equipment is ready and working properly for each reservation; however, users must be prepared to use the equipment independently.

AR/VR Equipment

Check-in during the hours below for questions pertaining to design consultation, materials, and best practices.

Support Staff Date Start Time End Time
Laura Roettges 06/21/2024 09:00 AM 12:00 PM
Yash Wani 06/25/2024 12:00 PM 04:00 PM
Yash Wani 07/02/2024 12:00 PM 04:00 PM

E-mail maker-vr@engr.wisc.edu with questions.