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  • November 4, 2020

    poster for RIT College of Liberal Arts presents SOMNIUM, conceived and directed by Omen Sade.

    ‘SOMNIUM’ merges performing arts and video gaming at RIT

    Physical distancing and the inability to perform in front of a live audience during the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the cast and director of SOMNIUM, which premieres online Friday. SOMNIUM features actors and a green screen, which provides a virtual reality space allowing the audience to participate.

  • June 30, 2020

    graphic that reads: RIT AR Experience available now for download.

    RIT offers AR tours for prospective students

    Prospective students who may be thinking of attending RIT can now take a campus tour from their home with a new mobile app that features augmented reality with 360-degree videos.

  • June 23, 2020

    screenshot from a virtual play, where a man and a woman look up at a bird on a tree branch.

    RIT faculty create live virtual play on life with coronavirus

    It doesn’t take long for art to imitate life, as evidenced with virtual live productions of life amid COVID-19 scheduled this week on Twitch TV. The Canadian Wiggler, written, directed and produced by RIT's David Munnell, uses virtual reality and actors in a live webcast. It is set in May 2020, when the coronavirus lockdown is taking its toll.

  • June 5, 2020

    professor helping student put on virtual reality headset.

    RIT faculty earns NIH grant to use virtual reality to help stroke patients regain lost vision

    Scientists from RIT and the University of Rochester aim to use virtual reality to help restore vision for people with stroke-induced blindness. The team of researchers led by RIT's Gabriel Diaz, are developing a method they believe could revolutionize rehabilitation for patients with cortically induced blindness, which afflicts about 1% of the population over age 50.

  • February 14, 2020

    students rehearsing fight scene for a play.

    RIT/NTID’s ‘Dial M for Murder’ runs Feb. 28-March 1

    The Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder has a new twist as NTID Performing Arts translates the play into American Sign Language, making it accessible to deaf audiences. Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members can also experience cutting-edge closed-captioning technology using smartglasses developed by Vuzix Corp.

  • April 27, 2019

    Students use colorful touchscreens.

    Surprise spring snow doesn’t deter crowds at Imagine RIT

    There’s always something new to experience at the Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival, which this year featured more than 400 exhibits, including a human hamster wheel, performances by student ensembles, cutting-edge video games and demonstrations to determine how color can affect your mood.

  • October 25, 2018

    One woman on the right adjusts augmented reality glasses on another woman who is wearing them on the left.

    NTID to explore augmented reality technology

    Using augmented reality to make STEM content more accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in live presentation settings is the goal of a $258,000 grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to NTID.
  • July 9, 2018

    David Long appointed director of MAGIC Center

    David Long, associate professor in RIT’s College of Art and Design, has been appointed director of RIT’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity and MAGIC Spell Studios. Long is founder and chair of the motion picture science program in RIT’s School of Film and Animation.
  • May 2, 2018

    RIT has strong showing at spring film festivals

    An animated film by Rochester Institute of Technology School of Film and Animation (SOFA) students about a poor boy discovering a seed of hope was one of the top highlights of Rochester’s spring film festival season.