R.I. company’s product line close to becoming reality

VIRTUAL REALITY: Nexperience, which just opened in the Warwick Mall, allows people to try and buy their new virtual reality software. Pictured from left to right is Sean Couepel, Aaron James, Tayla Manson, Jack Kayrouz and Alan Caprio. Photo from The Warwick Beacon – Kelcy Dolan

New England Tech is Game Development and Video Game Design students have enjoyed their time interning for Nexperience and have found it to be a very rewarding experience.  Today’s start up could be the next Apple and these students are getting an opportunity to contribute at the ground level.

From The Providence Journal:

Shoppers at Warwick Mall get to test virtual reality software produced by Nexperience

By BARBARA POLICHETTI JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

WARWICK — The Warwick Mall carousel, tried and true with its poised steeds, had its fair share of riders Sunday as a gray day drew people indoors.

But some bypassed the merry-go-round and found a very different kind of ride when they stopped at a new kiosk in the mall that showcases the virtual reality software of a new Rhode Island-based company that hopes to make a name for itself.

Nexperience opened its kiosk — or “tech pod” — a couple of days ago to give people a chance to try out the virtual reality experiences it is creating.

People were invited to have a seat, pop on a special mask and headphones and then hop on a stomach-lurching roller-coaster ride through prehistoric terrain or take a more relaxing option and glide past the planets.

“Whoa!,” was the most frequently uttered exclamation as people grabbed the edge of their seats as they gazed into the electronic goggles that had them believing that they were being hurled about on a wild roller-coaster ride.

“Oh my goodness, it was so life-like,” said Staci Kolb, of East Greenwich, after she had watched her 11-year-old son, Christopher, laugh his way through the ride.”

“I felt like I had to hold onto the chair,” said Kolb, who also tried out the virtual ride.

“It was really like being on a roller coaster,” said Christopher, who then asked his mom if they could buy one.

Soon, but not yet.

Aaron James, one of three Rhode Islanders who recently launched Nexperience, said that the company hopes to have its virtual reality products for sale soon and predicts that they will be “hot items” come Christmas.

The company creates the visuals and the software that is teamed up with a special headset created by another company, Oculus.

James said that although Nexperience is new, its goals are big and potential product line limitless.

Virtual reality games are a first option because fun is a great way to introduce people to the technology, said Kevin Murphy of East Greenwich, who along with James and Eric Hall is a founding member of the company.

He was at the mall Sunday watching his 7-year-old daughter, Mary Grace, giggle as she “rode” the volcanic roller coaster over and over.

“It’s just like watching her play with blocks or a ball for the first time,” he said. “There is that sense of awe.”

James and Murphy said that beyond games, they have other plans for the technology. The virtual reality experience has many uses in education, they said, and also in job training.

Sensors put on participants can track how they respond to different scenarios, James said, noting that he thinks that Nexperience is capable of developing effective training software for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other “first responders.”

The company currently has work space at the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence and is staffed by five employees, who are augmented by more than a dozen interns from the New England Institute of Technology.

James said that the company is seeking corporate sponsors and plans to launch an Internet fundraising drive shortly.

“From education to entertainment, there really are an infinite number of possibilities,” Murphy said.

 

NEIT to Host Automotive Open House

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will hold an Automotive Open House on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors should report to New England Tech’s Center for Automotive Technology located at 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facility and hear what employers, as well as New England Tech grads, have to say about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry. NEIT’s automotive faculty will discuss the hands-on approach to learning in each of the Associate in Science degree programs available at the college that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Automotive Collision Repair Technology as well as the Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management Technology. Current New England Tech automotive students, along with staff from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices, will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information regarding the open house or any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or visit the college’s website at www.neit.edu.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students.  New England Tech offers more than 40 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Instagram and the New England Tech Blog.

ACE Students Showcase Their Talent

Jazz Sussman Moss with Phil Marks

Jazz Sussman Moss with Phil Marks

Once again, New England Tech served as the host site for approximately 25 dedicated high school students and their mentors during a 16-week program with ACE Rhode Island (Architecture, Construction, Engineering). Through the efforts of Phil Marks, Department Chair, Architectural/Building Engineering Technology; Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events; and, Jeff Cathcart of J. Cathcart, Inc., who served as the ACE representative, this program proved to be a great success.

ACE Rhode Island gives area high school students the opportunity to work closely with building industry professionals to explore the various jobs available in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Serving as mentors to the students, these individuals share their expertise through discussion of industry career paths while focusing on a wide range of hands-on design projects. Field trips to mentors’ offices along with actual job site tours demonstrate to these students how various professions work together to bring construction projects to completion.

14-ACE StudentsOn March 12, 2014, these students presented their outstanding projects to the mentors, fellow students, and family members. These unique designs ranged from vacation property to sustainable homes. Erin Flynn stated, “This after school program was a perfect example of education partnering with industry. These students were so committed to learning everything they possibly could, and it certainly showed in their presentations.”

For more information about Architectural Building Engineer Associate and Bachelor degree program, please contact Admissions by phone at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.