By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: August 12, 2020 Students are back in town. The campus is open. Signs are up and around Chapel Hill to encourage the three W's (wait, wear, wash) aka the new normal. Things will look and feel different for the UNC-CH campus this fall, and that applies to the Lab. As we learned earlier this year, new challenges lead to new discoveries and innovations - which is the perfect introduction to talk about what we've been working on all summer long!
By: CBS News Press Date: August 4, 2020 The UNC Reese Innovation Lab has spent the summer working on a project designed to promote campus health and safety guidelines. Health Greeter kiosks use artificial intelligence to detect if people are wearing masks and practicing proper spacing guidelines.
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: June 10, 2020 Classes have ended, final exams have been graded, UNC seniors have graduated, and summer has arrived! May was a month filled with both reflection and anticipation. Here in the Lab, we're reflecting on the work we've managed to execute this semester while away from campus - it even attracted national media attention! We're also anticipating several projects to unfold this summer
By: Betsy Mann Press Date: May 21, 2020 Steven King, UNC professor of Emerging Technologies at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media/Kenan-Flagler Business School and Chief Innovation Officer of the Reese Innovation Lab, was recently featured on ABC News’s “Pandemic: What You Need to Know,” hosted by Amy Robach and Dr. Jen Ashton. The story highlighted King’s pivot to virtual learning in response to COVID-19.
By: Peter Andringa Blog Date: May 13, 2020 I took on these questions in my Senior Honors Thesis in the Hussman School of Journalism, conducting a usability testing study to see how real users interact with augmented reality. Seeking feedback directly from users would allow the Lab to produce better design guidelines for our AR projects and to identify ways to make sometimes-clunky AR experiences better.
By: Carol Cutler White Blog Date: May 6, 2020 Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced colleges and universities to shut down, virtual visits such as those accomplished through the app – known as GEAR UP VR for North Carolina and Get2CollegeMS – have taken on a more important role, and not just for students who lack the means to visit a college in person.
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: April 30, 2020 Just over a month ago, we were preparing our working from home spaces, for classes on Zoom (or in virtual reality!), and for the uncertainty that was to come with COVID-19. A lot has happened to our nation over the past month. In this month's newsletter, you'll read stories surrounding innovation, creativity, and determination during difficult times. Before we get to those, we just want to say we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy!
By: Betsy Mann Blog Date: April 22, 2020 The art of making plans has gone numb over these past few weeks. A “fluid situation” means anything can change (or cancel) at any minute. COVID-19 has drastically impacted our country’s health and economy, and it’s drastically impacted you (yes, you reader!) and the routine you once carried out a few weeks ago. For those celebrating milestones this year, this virus has wrecked those plans, especially for high schoolers and their spring semester.
By: Daniel Sanchez Blog Date: April 22, 2020 AWS has fundamentally changed the way that software is developed. It provides instant access to an incredible amount of computing services each with almost infinite scale, but this post is not about how amazing AWS is on its own. This tutorial is about how pairing AWS with another great piece of software can expand the range of applications developers can make.
By: Betsy Mann Blog Date: April 15, 2020 Empathy. It’s a term that’s been used by designers, storytellers, marketers, engineers, and so on… The way we understand empathy is by asking a question like how can I understand you in order to create a product, service, experience, etc. that will delight you, our end user?
By: Gabri Mannino Blog Date: April 9, 2020 I was first exposed to XR- Virtual reality, Augmented reality, etc- when I started working at the Reese Innovation Lab last summer. After a staff meeting one afternoon, my manager Alexis handed me a VR headset and let me play a National Geographic Oculus Quest that transported me to Antarctica. The first thing you do, after you get transported, is hop into a boat. I felt like I was going to fall into the water. Then you start paddling. As you paddle you see all sorts of animals around you. Eventually, I reached the whales and I felt so afraid. The ability that forms of XR give you to feel emotions fascinates me. That ability is why I believe they are one of the most engaging forms of technology.
By: Steven King Blog Date: April 9, 2020 AltspaceVR does a great job of bringing people together in public spaces or small private gatherings. But I wanted to host a large but private (invitation only) class in a setting that allowed for break-out groups and a presentation screen.
By: The Daily Tar Heel Blog Date: April 6, 2020 If you ask a UNC student what their remote classroom experience has consisted of, they will likely tell you about video lectures through Zoom. But for students in Steven King’s class, they are experiencing remote learning differently — through virtual reality.
By: WUNC 91.5 Press Date: April 6, 2020 Teachers and college professors have been given a huge challenge this month -- how to quickly adapt their classes for long-distance learning. North Carolina teachers are getting creative to engage their students.
By: Steven King Blog Date: April 3, 2020 Choosing the right technology platform for any educational experience is essential. Especially in VR. There are several solutions out there, but all are pretty young compared to other educational software, and most of the platforms I found were not built for educational purposes.
By: Steven King Blog Date: April 2, 2020 After my Virtual Reality class ended yesterday, eight to ten of the 28 students in the class hung around to catch up with each other. They were standing in groups of two or three well within the 6-foot social distance rule we now expect. Then I noticed two of the students started sharing genuinely about the crisis we are all in and how it was impacting their education and school work.
By: The News & Observer Press Date: April 1, 2020 With the coronavirus pandemic forcing university students and faculty off campus, UNC-Chapel Hill professors are taking unique approaches to online and remote teaching, which began last week.
By: UNC Hussman School Press Date: March 30, 2020 Alexis Barnes likes the details and the nuances that keep a project running. She’s happiest when stitching together video edits or figuring out the minutiae of some new technology. She likes order and precision and following through on the day-to-day tasks that bring UNC’s Reese Innovation Lab projects to life.
By: Betsy Mann Blog Date: March 26, 2020 As someone who is a planner and thrives on routine, I have had a challenge adjusting to this new lifestyle. I’ve also transitioned from living independently in Chapel Hill to living (and working) with my family, two dogs, and cats back in Winston-Salem. These past few weeks in March have felt eternal, but every day gets a little better as we pull together as a society to fight this virus.
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: March 25, 2020 The storyline is the same for us: March has been a tough month. In response to COVID-19, the University announced its plans of extending spring break for another week. This was to prepare for the transition of working and learning remotely. Those plans also applied to the Lab. While our space on Franklin Street is closed, we are working together virtually and adjusting projects as needed. Keep checking our social media for more updates as we weather this storm together!
By: Steven King Blog Date: March 14, 2020 After my conceptual post about the future of remote work, many of you had questions about the practicality and how we manage our remote teams in the Lab to build creative projects and solve difficult problems. Here is a short video that goes through many of the concepts we teach to everyone on staff that will hopefully be helpful to you if you have recently found yourself managing a remote team.
By: Steven King Blog Date: March 10, 2020 The technical capabilities for remote work and distance learning have existed for years. Numerous companies provide apps like Skype, Slack, Zoom, WebEx, and others so any organization can have remote workers, host meetings across time zones, and lead a classroom. But despite these technological abilities, wide adoption of remote work and distance learning has been slower than predicted.
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: February 24, 2020 For such a short month, February was packed with projects, travel to Colorado for an epic upcoming project, a classroom demo presentation, and of course, a visit from our favorite mascot, Luna!
By: Gabri Mannino Blog Date: February 22, 2020 Has your Chief Innovation Officer ever met you at Target while he was riding a robot segway? I’m an Innovation Fellow at UNC’s Reese Innovation Lab, and yes my Chief Innovation Officer has met me in Target riding a robot segway.
By: The Daily Tar Heel Press Date: January 24, 2020 The new Reese Innovation Lab is working to create solutions to real-world problems with a unique method — using emerging technology such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence and virtual reality to tell stories.
Check us out in the Daily Tar Heel and learn about our latest project iwth Lenovo.
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: January 23, 2020 This is the very first newsletter coming from the Reese Innovation Lab. The Emerging Technologies Lab and Reese News Lab are joining forces by using the power of emerging technologies to enhance storytelling at UNC and beyond.
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: October 31, 2019 In this month’s newsletter, we’re talking all about Loomo, a project that was completed by Max Hudnell, one of the Lab’s developers. We’re also announcing exciting new projects and updates, like partnering with the Google News Initiative, launching the KF Next website, and more!
By: Betsy Mann Newsletter Date: September 30, 2019 New school year, new newsletter! Welcome to “Look in the Lab,” the official newsletter of the Lab. Every month, we’ll highlight stories and announcements about projects happening in the Lab as well as defining and discussing the various technologies we work with every day! In this month’s edition, we’re talking all about the work we did with the TIME Immersive Mobile App project, RoboJ’s debut at the Online News Association’s 2019 conference, and augmented reality.