Full Sail University, in an educational collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is proud to announce the inclusion of the first-ever “Greenlight Hall” as part of the 38th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Greenlight Hall will be held in the Orange County Convention Center during this year’s Wheelchair Games, taking place in Orlando, FL from July 30 to August 4.
Greenlight Hall is a collaborative effort between Full Sail University and the Department of Veterans Affairs, designed to showcase adaptive technology for paralyzed and disabled veterans. Through a variety of interactive exhibits provided by companies dedicated to developing innovative technology solutions, veteran athletes competing in the Games, as well as attendees, are able to experience a wide range of virtual experiences made possible by technology, from VR gaming to virtual hang gliding and more.
“By showcasing the latest hardware and software created to enhance accessibility for disabled and paralyzed veterans, we are able to expose them to a product that may enhance the quality of their lives or the lives of others,” said Rob Catto, Director of Game Studies and Simulation at Full Sail University.
“We are excited to be able to provide this unique educational opportunity for our Veteran athletes during this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Heather Frebe, Public Affairs Officer for the Orlando VA Medical Center. I am looking forward to the athletes visiting Greenlight Hall to learn more about technology that is available to help enhance their lives.”
Technology demonstrations and vendors on display at the inaugural Greenlight Hall powered by Full Sail University will include, but are not limited to:
- VA Virtual Medical Center - The VA Virtual Medical Center is an interactive learning environment for patients, providers and staff. The VA Virtual Medical Center makes it easy for veterans and providers from around the world to connect and share information efficiently and effectively inside a virtual world. The VA Virtual Medical Center is implementing a vision for a Virtual Healthcare Campus for our Veterans.
- Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller – A custom controller experience that is uniquely yours. Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller features large programmable buttons and connects to external switches, button, mounts, and joysticks to help make gaming more accessible.
- Full Sail University’s Simulation and Visualization Virtual Hang Glider Experience – A flight simulation unlike any other. After strapping into the machine and adjusting the VR headset the world of power paragliding comes to life by surrounding your field of vision with a high definition 3D landscape, with you looking down on it from the air.
- Doghead Simulations - Bringing the best collaboration solution to enterprise and education through virtual reality. Doghead Simulations premiere software product, rumii , is a social-virtual reality space that enables people to collaborate and communicate in one room from anywhere in the world - as though they’re all in the same physical location. Step into your virtual reality office or classroom. rumii can be used across virtual reality headsets and desktops for collaboration, classes and meetings. Great for remote teams, education and digital nomads.
- PLW Modelworks (Bird’s-Eye View Simulator) - PLW Modelworks delivers the most photo-accurate 3D urban data available for a wide variety of uses.
- StackUp (VR with Games) - Founded in 2015, Stack Up brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming through our primary programs: The Stacks, Supply Crates, Air Assaults and the Stack Up Overwatch Program [StOP].
- Maestro Games (VR Orchestra Conductor) - Our launch gaming product “The Last Maestro (TM)” looks to interweave virtual reality, music, and conducting into an interactive, fun, and relaxing experience.
In addition to launching Greenlight Hall, Full Sail University is also contributing to this year’s Wheelchair Games in numerous ways ranging from producing the opening ceremonies, to it’s University’s Media Communications students producing video content for future use.
“At Full Sail University, we are proud to be the educational home to veteran students, staff, faculty and alumni encompassing all branches of military service,” said Aaron Hall, Military Relations Manager for Full Sail. “Throughout the year we host and participate in numerous events – both on and off campus – in support of the veteran community at large. When we first began brainstorming with the VA on how our university could best support the Wheelchairs Games it was a natural fit to tie in our expertise in production, with an experience focused on the latest in immersive technologies. This is what we teach, so our involvement in building Greenlight Hall has been from concept to completion. We are proud to bring this experiential element to the Wheelchairs Games, and we hope it continues to grow alongside the Games themselves.”
About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has received accolades throughout its history, including most recently: One of the 2018 “Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, one of the 2016 “Top 25 Music Schools” by The Hollywood Reporter, and one of the 2017 “Top 50 Film Schools” by The Wrap Magazine. The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges also named Full Sail the 2016 “School/College of the Year.”
Full Sail University is a graduate and undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Technology. With over 64,000+ graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition including OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award honors. For more information visit, fullsail.edu.
About the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games:
The Orlando VA Medical Center and Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida Chapter are this year’s host of the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Attracting more than 700 athletes and 4,000 volunteers each year, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair and rehabilitation multi-sports event in the world. The Games serve as a rehabilitation and wheelchair sports program empowering Veterans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other neurological injuries to live a more active and healthy lifestyle through sports and recreation. Veterans will compete in 19 wheelchair sports events that range from swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, boccia, nine ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, trapshooting, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally and track and field. The economic impact of the games to our community is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
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