LED Immersive Open House for Faculty

A Mechdyne LED screen lets faculty explore a 3D environment.

Published June 15, 2023

UB Information Technology hosted an LED Immersive Open House for faculty on Tuesday, June 6th in Level Up (Lockwood 2 North).  


A photo of Michael Canfield.

Michael Canfield joined UB in January 2023 as an IT Communications Specialist for UBIT. A former newspaper reporter with a background in higher ed communication, Michael is also a volunteer firefighter. Michael likes to spend time with his wife and two English bulldogs. 


Trying out the tech

During the open house, faculty had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on demonstration of Mechdyne’s immersive virtual teaching and research laboratory using a 65-inch screen and VR headsets. 3D virtual reality content featured experiences from the International Space Station, an operating room, flying a drone, and content from UB Indigenous Studies and Archaeology.

Faculty feedback

UB is considering development of an immersive virtual teaching and research laboratory on our campus, and faculty had the chance to provide feedback on the direction the university should take in this exciting area. "I'm hopeful that we'll continue to explore these and other types of technologies to see what the faculty think," UB Vice President and Chief Information Officer Brice Bible said. 

Real-world applications of virtual technology

Mechdyne’s immersive virtual teaching and research laboratory can be used for engineering, design, collaboration, research, construction, healthcare, Esports, virtual video production, manufacturing and real time revision. The technology, known as “Flip Chip LED,” can be configured to any size, arrangement, curve or pattern that a design requires.