Monthly Archives: June 2015

Providence Geeks Video Interview: David Laidlaw and Tom Sgouros of YURT

For the June 2015 Providence Geeks, we joined YURT Principal Investigator David Laidlaw and Project Manager Tom Sgouros at the Yurt Ultimate Reality Theater. After an evening of snacks, drinks, and demos, and a talk from David, I caught up with David and Tom for a re-cap of what this is all about.


Providence Geeks Wed. June 17th 5:30 – 8pm at Brown featuring YURT!

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Wednesday, June 17th 5:30-8pm
180 George Street, Providence, RI 02906

Note: Because we’ll be at Brown this month, things are a little different. There’s no dinner to be bought, but there will be free soft drinks and snacks, plus a cash bar.
We’ve got a particularly awesome Providence Geeks this month.

YURT Virtual EnvironmentBrown University’s Center for Computing and Visualization and its CS Department have generously invited us to come experience their brand new, one-of-a-kind virtual reality environment. They call it YURT — Yurt Ultimate Reality Theater — and it’s amazing. (For those of you that have been following Brown’s VR efforts, please note that YURT is an entirely separate project from the University’s older CAVE environment.)

YURT isn’t just a set you strap onto your head. No, it’s a room-sized, 100 million-pixel stereo display that completely surrounds you. With head and body-tracking, this immersive environment fully engages your visual senses for exploration and discovery in areas as diverse as planetary geology, mathematics, visual art, digital literature, and biology.

YURT Principal Investigator David Laidlaw and Project Manager Tom Sgouros will give an overview of YURT, and lead demos of this incredible system.

Details and RSVP at Facebook

… and while you’re there, please like our Facebook page. If you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin,, with your name and affiliation.

  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation + q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever!