Virtual reality stars for students at the Glass Box

Local students have been taking part in ground-breaking workshop at the Glass Box in County Council’s Taunton Library.

More than 20 Students from Bishop Fox’s and The Castle School in Taunton participated in an inspirational session that showcased the latest in both Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology as part of the Somerset Digital Skills Talent Academy programme.

They were among the first to try out new Virtual Reality headsets now available at libraries across the county. Using the technology, they were able to design 3D shapes that appeared to hover over the tables and even experience a high-resolution virtual tour of the International Space Station.

And, in a first for the Glass Box, the students also got the chance to participate in a live link up with NVIDIA, a tech giant based in the Silicon Valley, USA. The company specialises in developing practical uses for Augmented and Virtual Reality and the Vice President, Neil Trevett took time out of his busy schedule to answer questions on a range of subjects including the future for self-driving cars and next generation computer gaming graphics.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet member with responsibilities for libraries, said: “Inspiring and engaging young people is a key aim for Somerset Libraries and we are also keen to work with businesses to help showcase new technology. The Somerset Digital Skills Talent Academy has helped ensure that we can do just that”.