VAR Scent

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

To create a virtual and/or augmented reality device incorporating smell and microfluidics technology, and explore how such a device could be used as an educational tool.

Experience Gained

This experience will provide you with new skills and knowledge such as:

  • identify, analyze, and assess technical, economic, and societal opportunities and challenges of VAR Scent.
  • communicate, written and orally, discipline-specific content to an interdisciplinary audience.
  • develop a research and development plan and execute it.
  • work effectively on an interdisciplinary team.
  • reflect on and articulate their knowledge, skill and dispositional development
  • analyze customer needs and markets
  • design mechanical and electrical components
  • write computer programs
  • design, build and test prototypes
  • build a network of academic and industry partners, raise funds
  • Methods/technologies used on this project: 3D design, Arduino & Rasberry Pi Computing, coding and coding software, computer vision systems, engineering lab, fundraising and/or grant writing, instructional design, systems engineering, virtual reality, writing, oral presentations, metacognitive journals, course readings
  • View abstract for student poster presented at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference 

Majors or Interests Needed

We’re looking for students with the one or more of the following majors or interests:

  • Any/All
  • Chemistry-Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Educational Technology
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Gaming and Interactive Mobile Media (GIMM)
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

VIP Coach Information

Dr. John Bieter is a member of the faculty in the History Department and also the interim Director of the Foundational Studies program. He is interested in the educational opportunities of VR scent in teaching history.
Dr. Peter Müllner is a faculty in the Material Science Department and an expert in microfluidics technology.

Course Information

VIP  200-015, VIP 400-015, or VIP 500-015.
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Bieter at johnbieter@boisestate.edu or Dr. Mullner at petermullner@boisestate.edu OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.  Check out this document for tips on contacting a professor about joining a team.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 015 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions https://www.boisestate.edu/registrar-help/add-with-permission-number/