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A VR-powered crystal structures app (video)

MHacks winner Duncan Abbot wants his VR software startup, Gwdion, to change how humans interact with technology. | Short Read

EE senior Duncan Abbot and his VR software startup Gwydion want to redefine how humans interact with technology. The company’s latest project, an app called Arthea, has been used by Prof. Joanna Millunchick (MSE) in classes to help students visualize crystal structures in 3D. This video by the College of Engineering explores how the team made it work, and how Prof. Millunchick has used it to help her students learn.

The idea for Gwydion was first propelled by a win at MHacks with a VR game. Abbott and his co-founders quickly branched out from gaming, and secured a partnership with Mott Children’s Hospital. The team is working to help recovering kids feel less trapped in a hospital bed through VR apps. They continue to work on additional apps and video games, designed with the affordable Google Cardboard attachment in mind.

Read more about how Duncan got Gwydion started.


 

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read