The RLab is a publicly-Funded XR center for research, entrepreneurship, and education located in Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. It’s being managed under NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering in collaboration with Columbia, CUNY, & New School. The RLab was funded by a grant from the New York Center Economic Development Corporation, and it’s goal is to become New York’s center of the spatial technology research & innovation by building classrooms, hosting VR studios, creating a co-working space for entrepreneurs and researchers to collaborate on projects together.
I had a brief visit to the RLab on June 19th, and then had a chance to catch up with the RLab Executive Director / NYU Media Lab Executive Director Justin Hendrix and RLab Director of the Technology Todd Bryant at SIGGRAPH on Tuesday, August 30th. We talked about how the RLab came about, how they’re facilitating collaborations between industry and academia, the challenges of XR education, and their future plans for helping to cultivate the XR ecosystem in New York City.
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