Virtual augmented reality center to open at Navy Yard
by Meghan Sackman
Oct 31, 2018 | 3085 views | 0 0 comments | 214 214 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced last week that the first city-funded virtual and augmented reality lab in the country will make its home at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

EDC and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will sustain the project with a $5.6 million investment. Officials expect the lab to provide at least 740 good-paying jobs.

“R Lab is a compelling addition to the Navy Yard,” said David Ehrenberg, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, “and will provide a new path to quality, good-paying jobs, through innovation.”

The lab will support startups, talent development, research and innovation. It will incorporate a workforce development center at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx.

Set for 16,500 square feet of labs, classrooms and studios, the lab will be complete in 2019.

Some of the programs include an extended reality startup boot camp to develop concepts like 3D modeling and robotics, a program to help local businesses and entrepreneurs learn about virtual and augmented reality technology and a program to help journalism professionals and news organizations.

The R Lab’s goal is to create sustainable models and will focus on four areas: new ventures, corporate innovation, education and opportunity, and community and outreach.

“Connecting students from our neighboring communities and across the borough to precisely those types of good-paying, sustainable opportunities is a core part of our mission,” Ehrenberg said.
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