Extended Reality Centre Launches in Portsmouth
Updated · May 04, 2022
The center provides digital innovation services to a wide spectrum of industries.
The Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) opens its doors today in the UK.
The groundbreaking center was developed by the University of Portsmouth.
“CCIXR will provide a specialist focus for innovation for a range of industries, consolidating and enhancing the strength of the creative, digital, and cultural sectors in the Solent region,” as per the university’s website.
The center will feature cutting-edge technology across various areas, including motion capture, volumetric capture, photogrammetry, virtual production, and simulation technologies.
It is the United Kingdom’s first “integrated facility” to support extended reality (XR) innovation.
XR is the encapsulating term for immersive technologies that fuse physical and digital spaces. Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are technologies that fall under XR. It pairs computer tech and wearables like VR headsets and smart glasses.
CCIXR received a £5.2 million investment. £3.6 million of which, comes from Solent LEP, a partnership between businesses, local authorities, and the Portsmouth academic community.
Businesses and nonprofits can make use of the center’s “world-leading” facilities for content creation. In return, students can hone their XR skills and enter the workplace with project experience.
CCIXR’s technical director Alex Counsell told the BBC that the center has already received overwhelming interest from organizations.
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