BOISE, Idaho — A tour at Boise State University was held on Tuesday morning that highlighted the innovative virtual-reality projects that are being used to help those in need around the Treasure Valley community.

Anthony Ellertson, the Gaming Interactive and Mobile Media Lab director, showcased several projects, which included a virtual reality experience of going through security at the Boise Airport. The project is intended to help people who have Autism spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivities. 

Ellertson explained that these projects are not only beneficial to the community, but to the students as well. 

"Boise State and GIMM exist to serve this community and so we're making projects which we know have a definite need inside of the community," he said. "But it's also a win because the students get to create things that are high tech, that are cutting edge in terms of the field, and that go into their portfolio's and so ultimately it helps them get a job."

The lab is also working on other projects that will help with learning languages and occupational therapy.

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