Beam me up: Mindgrub debuts virtual reality holodeck - Technical.ly Baltimore

Dev

Jun. 15, 2016 9:05 am

Beam me up: Mindgrub debuts virtual reality holodeck

The Mindgrub team is dabbling in virtual reality — both to improve office culture and meet client demand. This reporter gave it a try.

Reporter LeAnne Matlach tries out the new holodeck at Mindgrub.

(Photo courtesy of Kelly Brown)

Past the doubles ping-pong tournament and the rock-climbing wall, Mindgrub employees can take a break from their day and try out being a chef or relax under the sea as whales and fish float by.

All it takes is a headset, some handheld controllers and, yes, your imagination in Mindgrub’s new Star Trek-inspired “Holodeck.” The agency is touting the holodeck, short for Holographic Environment Simulator, as the first in Baltimore.

This reporter slipped on the bulky headset and immersive headphones to try out a new reality and found herself in a chef’s kitchen preparing meals. The 360-degree experience makes you forget that you’re actually standing in a dark room instead of a colorful kitchen equipped with a floating computer barking orders at you to prepare food and clean up.

If calm ocean is more your thing than chaotic kitchen, the Mindgrub team easily flips a switch to transport users to an abandoned ship at the bottom of the sea. Schools of fish swim by and a whale floats past for a more passive experience compared to the activity-filled kitchen game.

Mindgrub’s Kelly Brown said virtual reality games and immersive experiences are great for company culture. The marketing manager for the agency said employees are welcome to take a break from their hectic day and relax in the holodeck.

But Brown added that developers also plan on using the VR setup as a learning tool. Mindgrub has already dabbled in virtual reality with a bike experience they demo’d at a fundraising event for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Advertisement

Mindgrub says it’s hoping to dive more into virtual reality for gaming, healthcare and educational purposes.

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a Technical.ly member for $12 per month
Organizations: Mindgrub Technologies
-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

Baltimore’s new offices find a fit for flexible space

Contrast Security’s Fells Point office has local touches and room to grow

Why a modern office matters for Asymmetrik’s growing culture

SPONSORED

Baltimore

Why a modern office matters for Asymmetrik’s growing culture

Baltimore, MD 21201

14 West

Business Analyst

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD 21201

14 West

Solutions Specialist

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD

SmartLogic

Developer

Apply Now

Capital One opens tech incubator at University of Maryland College Park

Cybrary will move HQ to College Park, plans hiring push

Technical.ly wants to help show off your work space

SPONSORED

Baltimore

SmartLogic propels digital transformation aboard Baltimore Water Taxi

Baltimore, MD 21201

Agora Financial, an Agora Company

Front End Web Developer

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD 21201

Agora Financial

Email Deliverability Specialist

Apply Now
Annapolis Junction, MD

Asymmetrik

FULL-STACK DEVELOPER

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Baltimore

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!