Teaching Virtual Reality with Affordable Technologies

  • Nancy RodriguezEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9731)


In 2004, G.C. Burdea published his article Teaching Virtual Reality: Why and How? He pointed out that the reduced offer of Virtual Reality courses could be explained by the requirement of specialized and expensive equipment. Even if a VR course could only focus on theoretical principles, hands-on learning allows to increase and clarify knowledge and to directly experience –and then better understand- several concepts as immersion, natural interfaces or motion sickness. At the present time, digital entertainment industry renewal has fostered the development of low cost devices for virtual reality. These affordable technologies as a BYOD approach are used in the « open VR Lab » of the Computer Science department at University of Montpellier. In this paper, the VR Lab as well as our course Vision and Augmented/Virtual Reality are described in detail.


Virtual reality Augmented reality Computer vision Interaction devices Display devices VR laboratory Higher education Practical course 



I would like to thank all the HMIN320 2015 students for their work and feedback. Special thanks to Christophe Dauphin, Bastien Herbaut and Robin Herbaut for have kindly agreed to appear in the VR Lab photo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LIRMM, University of Montpellier, CNRSMontpellierFrance

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