The amazing students of iACADEMY are showing us the way to the future. They’re doing this in “imagineNATION” a special exhibit of their works at the exhibit area of Rockwell Powerplant Mall’s North Court from March 16 to 17, 2019.
You can still catch today’s exhibit at Rockwell, where you’ll see traditional and digital art creations that are also blended with high-tech virtual reality, augmented reality, and. virtual reality architecture.
These, of course, are the future of digital design and technology and of our world, and the imagineNATION exhibit gives us a glimpse of them.
The students who took part in the show are in the iACADEMY School of Design and the iACADEMY School of Computing.
The design students are majoring in Animation; Multimedia Arts and Design; BA Fashion Design and Technology; and the IT students are majors in software engineering; game development; and web development.
This is the 4th such exhibit of iACADEMY students at Rockwell and again they showcase their immense talents and creativity.
Also known as “immersive multimedia” or “computer-simulated life,” virtual reality becomes more and more affordable as technology evolves and offers new devices in the market.
The increasing demand for VR industry is growing rapidly with an estimated global market size of 6.2 billion US dollars this 2019. Private consumers and companies play a huge role in the increasing market share and thus estimated global market share is projected to reach 21.5 billion US dollars by 2020.
But the future of virtual reality and augmented reality will be so much more as more and more fields are using smartglasses and VR headsets. For example, in the future, our medical students and surgeons will learn how to do simple to complex surgeries by operating on virtual bodies and organs.
Even today, there are already virtual reality devices that help surgeons “see” into the brain. This combination of VR goggles and advanced imaging machines can help neurosurgeons work on areas of the brain that would otherwise be difficult to see and treat.
The exhibit does not just focus on the future but also on the past and present: showing how design and technology evolved and will still change across the centuries.
The most exciting exhibits will surely be the interactive ones that are made by iACADEMY’s School of Computing and School of Design. The exhibit engages “the community’s ideas and perceptions of the reality of life through virtual and augmented technologies.”
This exhibition is the fourth to be mounted by iACADEMY. It features over 120 works showcasing the various fields of design and technology. These fields, generally speaking, include:
ARtech. This is an augmented reality application developed by iACADEMY. It combines images of artworks with computer-generated animations and videos. Viewers will have a multidimensional experience when they see this. This features the work of Louis Garcia, AB Multimedia Arts and Design (Class of 2018).
VRchitecture interactive demo station. Five historic buildings in Manila are given a VRchitecture treatment. This technology uses a combination of audio, visual, and narrative techniques, blending them into one seamless and exciting virtual reality experience.
Vive gameplay stage. This features virtual reality games and an interactive software demo station. It showcases “Gesture Saber”, a program that utilizes machine learning and image computing.
After its Rockwell leg, the imagineNATION exhibit comes home to iACADEMY and will be on display at the Nexus Gallery from March 18 to 23. If you want to visit the exhibit there, please go to https://www.iacademy.edu.ph/ or call (02) 889-5555 for more information.