28 Universities Sign Up to OSVR Academia Program

Since it’s reveal at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) back in January the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem has had plenty of new updates to share. Just this week the group unveiled a new, optional faceplate that integrates Leap Motion’s hand-tracking controller into its OSVR Hacker Dev Kit head-mounted display (HMD). Today sees OSVR announce a total of 28 universities from across the globe that have joined the OSVR Academia program. The full list can currently be seen below.


Universities are free to apply to join the ecosystem over on OSVR’s official site. The current list includes locations from across the US, Poland, Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain and UK. These universities will benefit from access to OSVR Hacker Dev Kits as well as the long list of supported input systems, HMDs and more that have already signed up to be a part of the group. The Hacker Dev Kit itself is expected to go on sale in June 2015 for $199.99 USD.

VRFocus will continue to follow OSVR closely, reporting back with any further updates from the group.

• Cracow University of Technology, Poland

• Desert Research Institute, USA

• Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

• Iowa State University, USA

• Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy

• Johns Hopkins University, USA

• Nara Institute of Science and Technology, USA

• North Dakota State University, USA

• Ohio University, USA

• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

• Ryerson University, Canada

• The Art Institute of Vancouver, Canada

• Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

• Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

• University College London, UK

• University of California, Berkeley, USA

• University of California, Riverside, USA

• University of California, San Diego, USA

• University of Central Florida, USA

• University of Minnesota, USA

• University of New Mexico, USA

• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

• University of Portsmouth, UK

• University of Texas at Dallas, USA

• Vienna University of Technology, Austria

• Virginia Tech, USA

• Wichita State University, USA

• York University, Canada, USA