As part of a new partnership with McMaster University, Ontario is getting a one-of-a-kind custom-built VR room to explore the uses of this new technology in the province.

Global technology group Virtualware has partnered with the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, in a move “to adopt and scale the award-winning VR enterprise platform VIROO,” according to a recent press release. The 100m2 custom-built immersive room will serve as a space for students, faculty, and businesses to use these tools and further explore the use of VR tech.

The VIROO platform is described as an all-in-one tool that will in turn help professors and researchers “guide their students towards more innovative and complete learning experiences, preparing them for the next generation of future-workforce skills.

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It will also permit up to six users to create content, and interact in real-time, without the need to write a line of code and deploy multi-user virtual reality autonomously. Not only will this allow users to work together simultaneously in one room but connect with others across the world.

“This is an exciting partnership that will not only lead to new technologies to solve the world’s biggest challenges but will also attract new strategic partners in Canada and internationally,” said John Preston, Associate Dean, Research, Innovation, and External Relations at McMaster Engineering.

It will be located at McMaster Innovation Park and is expected to be inaugurated in early 2023. It will be the first of its kind in Canada with the use of VIROO.

Exciting stuff for the Great White North.