About the Public VR Lab

What is the Public VR Lab?

The Public VR Lab, a project of Brookline Interactive Group, is promoting a Community VR/XR movement that facilitates public dialogue about XR storytelling and accessibility; provides professional training to youth and adults; empowers community knowledge and creation of 360, virtual and augmented content; offers access to tools, headsets, XR toolkits, and free and low-cost professional expertise to the public as well as libraries, arts, cultural and media organizations; and generates locally-focused, globally impactful, XR experiences in the public interest. 

The Lab values and promotes digital inclusivity, accessibility, training, equipment and XR content in the public interest. 

Past and current Lab programs in 2018 are listed under our VR Projects & Productions, VR Academy, and Events.

Located in Brookline, MA

How to Work with the Lab: View our facility in a VR headset, teleport through our space on the web, or visit us in “real life” at 46 Tappan St in Brookline, MA!

Past and current Lab programs in 2018 are listed under our VR Projects & Productions, VR Academy, and Events.

The Lab was co-founded by Kathy Bisbee, executive director of Brookline Interactive Group who is the current director of the Public VR Lab, and by Al Williams, executive director of Northampton Community Television.

Check out our Lab 2017-18 Highlight Reel: 

FREE Virtual Reality Demos  

Since May of 2016, through the Public VR Lab, BIG has provided free public demos of virtual reality experiences to hundreds of local residents. This free public access allows any community member the opportunity to experiment with VR-related technologies and storytelling in VR. In 2017, the Lab will also offer augmented reality (AR) demos as well and classes to learn to create your own XR content. List of VR demos and experiences available.

Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan Street, Brookline MA. 3rd Floor of the Unified Arts Building, Directly next door to the Brookline hills green line stop.

Wednesdays: 5:00 PM – 8:00 pm

VR in the Public Interest

BIG & the Lab also provide training programs and low-cost VR Toolkits for creators/artists, arts, cultural, government, education, and media organizations.