Understand the Industry - Globally & Locally

We're taking a look at the many dimensions of the virtual reality and augmented reality markets - globally and locally. We want to understand the unique assets we have among Rhode Island's practitioners, their goals and needs, and help them make valuable connections.

Position RIVR for Competitive Advantage

As we learn about Rhode Island's VR/AR resources, and the needs and interests of the market, our next step is to accelerate learning and connectedness to prepare RIVR for successful competition today and in the years to come. Our goal is for Rhode Island to be a material participant in an industry expected to be worth $180 billion annually within 10 years.

Make A Significant Economic Impact in Rhode Island

Since 2014 billions of dollars have been invested to fund research and development, new companies, and new kinds of communications productions. So far only a tiny fraction of that investment has come to Rhode Island. We're going to form a VR industry cluster, and ignite interest in RIVR constituents.


Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Lorne Adrain

Lorne Adrain

A community and philanthropic leader. Chair of the URI Foundation and board member at BIF

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Adam Blumenthal

Adam Blumenthal

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Brown University, and Vice President, Nucco Brain at UNIT 9 Group.

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Ted Bogosian

Ted Bogosian

Emmy-winning filmmaker and TV producer. Teaches innovative digital techniques for movie making at Brown

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Siu-Li Khoe

Siu-Li Khoe

An MIT alum with a great track record moving organizations from Vision to Operational Excellence

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Tom Sgouros

Tom Sgouros

Visiting Scientist at Brown Computer Science, Manager of Brown’s YURT VR facility, RISD Faculty.

RIVR Community


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RIVR invites you to be present at RISD Class Projects - Virtual Reality Design for Palliative Care. Virtual Reality Design for Palliative Care is a pilot course in RISD’s Illustration Department that gives students an opportunity to design complex VR experiences using headset-based equipment (HTC Vive) with tracked controllers that allow for interactive navigation within the Unity game platform.

Come on May 23 at 10 am, to see the projects. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Students create form using 3-d modeling software such as Blender and ZBrush, or with real-time virtual painting programs such as Tilt Brush or Masterpiece VR. Actions within Unity are controlled by scripting in C#. These actions include navigation, animation, physics properties such as gravity and collision, and the ability to manually interact with virtual objects.

The purpose of this project is to provide palliative experiences for patients facing health-related challenges such as chronic pain, addiction, physical immobility and limited life expectancy. The course has professional input from medical professionals and we gain insight from direct testimony of their patients. We work with clinicians from Butler Hospital, The Meadows Edge Recovery Center, The Children’s Integrative Therapies, Pain Management and Supportive Care program at Rhode Island Hospital, McVay Physical Therapy and Hope Health Care Hospice.


Students' Projects this semester have included:
- Distraction therapy for pediatric injections, in which brief VR experiences divert the attention of a child receiving an injection
- Palliative refuge for patients with opiod use disorder–providing recovering addicts with either an exciting or calming virtual experience that allows them to cope with the onset of sudden craving
- Virtual reality for physical therapy– using body trackers to project a patient’s body into virtual space to address phantom limb syndrome, and to practice movements in an engaging environment such as skiing
- Palliative care for the terminally ill– working with hospice care professionals to increase the quality fo life for physically and emotionally challenged end-of life patients.


Get Tickets Here: www.eventbrite.com/e/risd-class-projects-virtual-reality-design-for-palliative-care-tickets-61356...


Come as you are. We gather to learn and connect with each other, problem solve and brainstorm. We're looking forward to meeting you!

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