November 5, 2020 – NexTech AR Solutions, a provider of augmented reality (AR) for eCommerce, AR learning applications, AR-enhanced video conferencing and virtual events, has announced that Ryerson University, a public research university based in Toronto, Canada with over 46,000 students, has chosen NexTech AR to transform its 2020 Graduation taking place; November 17, 2020, into a completely virtual experience using augmented reality.
Ryerson University has previously partnered with NexTech to launch RALE – the ‘Ryerson Augmented Learning Experience’ platform – based on NexTech’s InfernoAR platform. According to NexTech, due to a very positive reaction of students and faculty to the AR labs, the contract has been expanded by 50% from 20 AR experiences to 30.
Under a new contract, NexTech will create a one-of-a-kind 360-degree AR portal of the Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre. Guests will be able to walk into the portal through an AR doorway, where they will be able to navigate a menu to view the names of graduates, viewable in 360 degrees. Eight faculties from Ryerson University will be featured in the immersive AR 360 experience.
Participants will be able to browse each faculty to learn about the gold medalists, highlights of the year, congratulate fellow graduates with messages on virtual walls and take graduation pictures in a photo booth all using NexTech’s ARitize app. NexTech is also utilizing its human hologram technology for the event, to allow Ryerson’s deans to deliver virtual commencement addresses.
Evan Gappelberg, CEO of NexTech commented: “This is going to be a simply amazing graduation event,” adding, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Ryerson to create an exciting virtual graduation ceremony where multiple AR technologies can come together and create something totally new and immersive, maybe better than the real thing.” Gappelberg continued, “COVID-19 has created a huge challenge for learning institutions not just for teaching subject matter but also for graduation ceremonies and so we are gratified to be able to use our AR solutions to help make graduation a memorable experience for all.”
For more information on NexTech AR and its augmented reality solutions, please visit the company’s website.
Image credit: NexTech AR Solutions / Ryerson University
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