Video games and virtual reality environments developed by former Texas A&M visualization students contended for top prizes in the final round of “The Rookies,” a global competition for young designers, creators, innovators and artists.
A jury of leading industry professionals hand-picked the entries for the final round of the contest, which includes virtual reality, graphic design, digital animation, and gaming categories, as examples of exceptional creative and technical skills.
Winners in the Autodesk-hosted contest, vying for coveted software development licenses and the latest hardware, were announced July 7, 2017.
One of the finalists, Michael Bruner, is part of teams that developed three VR apps:
In the gaming category, Bruner also had two submissions:
Another finalist in the VR category, former viz student Preston White, was part of a team that created a virtual, rotating model of a dog’s front leg with anatomical labels as a tool to help educate veterinary students.
With virtual buttons, a user can activate, pause, and vary the speed of the limb’s natural motion and control its rotation. Users can also walk around the limb to see it at any angle.
Bruner and White earned Bachelor of Science in Visualization degrees in May 2017.