Eric Bubar

My formal degree is in Applied Physics with a research concentration in Stellar Astrophysics. I use these general research skills in developing open source solutions for individuals in need of assistive technologies by using hobbyist microcontrollers, electronics and 3D printing/design. Through this work I have collaborated with individuals worldwide (largely through eNABLE and the Alliance for Project Based Learning Solutions) to create and deploy upper limb assistive devices that provide some of the functionality offered by prosthetic limbs in situations where medically validated devices are unavailable. Through my research lab at Marymount University, I work on creating solutions to problems as diverse as adapting devices to allow children with limb differences to play musical instruments to creating tools to aid police officers with rehabilitation exercises. Most recently I have brought a virtual reality development lab to the university. I design virtual reality STEM-themed escape rooms and work with the Marymount Center for Optimal Aging to create gamified rehabilitation/exercise experiences and simulations allowing practice of ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)

Design the Virtual World of your Dreams: IN 1 HOUR!

Virtual Reality and the so-called metaverse are poised to explode in popularity with the advent of low-cost, tetherless VR headsets (e.g. Oculus Quest). But how difficult is it to get into these virtual worlds? In this session you will learn how to CONFIGURE an Oculus Quest 2 for development work, SETUP the Unity physics engine for VR development and CREATE a basic VR puzzle. With these skills, you will be able to design a variety of immersive learning experiences. Particular emphasis will be placed on ACTIVE participation of attendees and in providing context of how to design experiences using the MDA (Mechanics, Dynamics, Aesthetics) framework from game design theory.

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