The UAB Immersive Experience Lab (IXL) is home to a cross-functional team of developers and artists researching the application of immersive artificial experience to the problems of learning, visualization, communication, and performance improvement. Founded in 2002 as the Enabling Technology Laboratory (ETLab), we have wide experience in development of high-performance computing, scientific visualization, and medical visualization projects.

IXL develops virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed-reality (MR) software and content for large-scale multi-wall immersive virtual reality systems, head-mounted virtual and augmented reality systems, workstations, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and embedded or custom equipment.

As a unit of the School of Engineering in the Engineering and Innovative Technology Development group, we provide our services to departments University-wide as well as to business, nonprofit, and government entities.


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  • 4-wall immersive walk-in VR system
  • High-precision ultrasonic body tracking

Immersive Head-Mounted Displays

  • Microsoft HoloLens
  • Oculus Rift & Oculus DK2
  • Google Glass
  • Rockwell-Collins, Sony, Zeiss, etc.


  • Custom wireless body sensors
  • Android Wear


  • Konica-Minolta Vivid 9i laser scanner
  • Kinect
  • Intersense IS-900 ultrasonic trackers
  • Ascension Flock of Birds
  • 5DT data gloves
  • ...lots more

Contact us

For more information or to schedule a tour, please email:

Directions to the IXL

BEC 374
1150 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205

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