See McMaster University’s nuclear reactor through a virtual reality app

A new mobile app is offering a unique look into McMaster University’s nuclear reactor.

The McMasterVR: Nuclear Facilities app is simple to download like any other app from Google Play or the Apple AppStore, and allows users to see what’s in the bowels of the reactor.

With the app, you can see the reactor’s glowing blue core, the control room and other service areas of the facility, which produces medical isotopes like I-125, used to treat prostate cancer.

The virtual reality app can be viewed and functions with the naked eye, but really shines when paired up with a Google Cardboard VR headset.

Not only can one navigate through the facility by pairing up a green dot with arrows, but users can see and hear interviews with reactor staff and experts, and view pop-up factoids about what the reactor does.

Karin Stephenson, the manager of commercial operations at the reactor, said in a release that the app offers an opportunity to expand its outreach by allowing viewers to “see things you can’t otherwise see.”

“This could be an important way to communicate how safe the reactor is, and the wide range of things we do,” Stephenson said.

The new app was developed by Josh Mitchell, who was also responsible for a unique anatomy and physiology VR app used by students study for their final “bell ringer” exam.

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