Virtual Reality

The Folsom Public Library has a new Virtual Reality (VR) program starting in January of 2018. This program is funded largely through grants from the California State Library. Download a flyer for the program.

Hours: The Virtual Reality Lab is open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from Noon to 4PM. It is located in the Library Meeting Room alongside the 3D Printing Lab. Sign up for a time slot to experience the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, or just drop in and try out the Google Cardboard.

Virtual Reality is an emerging technology that allows you to experience real or imaginary worlds in an immersive way. This means that it has a lot of applications for education and entertainment. Imagine being able to visit the art museums of Europe, microscopic cell structures, or the International Space Station all without leaving the library.

Equipment:

  • Oculus Rift (ages 13+)
  • HTC Vive (13+ or parent approval)
  • Google Cardboard (all ages)
  • 360 Camera for video and stills (coming soon)
  • 3D Scanner (coming soon)

Experiences: Some of the VR and AR technologies have age restrictions limiting them to 13 years or older. All of the VR applications we select for the lab are appropriate for family viewing. Some examples are:

  • Google Blocks and Medium (3D sculpting and painting)
  • Google Earth
  • International Space Station experience
  • Toy Box, Fruit Ninja, and other games

PLEASE NOTE:
The 3D Printing Lab is open every Sunday. The VR lab is open on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.

We need more volunteer docents so that we can be open more Sundays. If you are interested in being a volunteer docent with the VR Lab, please contact library staff or email volunteer coordinator at jament@folsom.ca.us.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are there age restrictions? Yes, youths under 13 years of age are not allowed to use the Oculus Rift. They may use the HTC Vive, but must have parent permission.

Will I get motion sick? It is possible, but unlikely. If you do start to feel motion sick, then you can remove the headset and the feeling goes away. Do not continue using VR if you feel yourself getting motion sickness.

How long are the time slots? 15 minutes is our standard time slot. This is a new program we are offering so that may change in the future based on demand.

Will you be having programs on other days? Occasionally we may have programs on other days. These will typically be for special events like the Summer Reading kickoff party or International Games Day.

Will you be teaching people how to use the 360 Camera and 3D scanner? Yes we hope to host special workshops for people to learn how to use these technologies to create VR experiences and 3D printable objects.


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