A multi-user virtual reality theater experience between two remote groups of participants.

Technical Highlights:

Unity, Blender, Networking, Virtual Reality (Multiple Quest HMDs)

This is a work in progress started in 2019 to be presented in fall 2020.

Hummingbird brings multiple participants in two locations together in a story-driven virtual reality experience guided by an actor at each location.

A collaboration between the Goodman Theatre Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement in Chicago and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, this work is funded by the University of Illinois System’s Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities. The grant proposal  “Transforming Storytelling: Multi-User Virtual Reality Theater for Collaborative Tele-Immersive Exploration,” outlines our goal of exploring how virtual reality technologies and live theater experiences can be brought together as a storytelling medium to encourage theater participation with younger tech-savvy audiences.

This work combines the talent of Chicago-based theater director Jo Cattell with EVL Director of Research  and CS Associate Professor Andrew Johnson, CS/EVL Senior Research Programmer Lance Long, CS/EVL PhD Candidate Arthur Nishimoto, and CS/EVL PhD Student Sai Jyothula.

My primary contribution to this project is the development of the Unity environment and the design and adaptation of the script into an interactive virtual reality elements.

Grant Press Release (January 24, 2019)

Hummingbird EVL Project Page