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Sandia National Labs to demonstrate virtual, augmented reality tech

Embark on a journey of virtual exploration and mind-bending experiences

Student Christian Martinez, right, explores his surroundings through augmented reality glasses during a demonstration at Sandia National Laboratories. (Photo by Craig Fritz) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Scientists and researchers from Sandia National Laboratories will offer up a first-hand look at virtual and augmented reality technology during a special event at Explora.

Everyone from kids, families and STEM enthusiasts are invited to step into the world of extended reality, or XR, and witness cutting-edge technologies coming to life.

Click to see a demonstration of Sandia National Laboratories’ CAD2VR software. (Video courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories)

Participants will be able to immerse themselves into interactive demonstrations that blend the realms of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the wonders of virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Activities include exploring a model of the Curiosity rover, touring the Mars Gale Crater, interacting with Sandia’s Gemini-Scout Mine Rescue Vehicle, communicating with artificial intelligence, observing molecules in virtual reality, peering into a holographic display and much more.

Experts and innovators will be available to guide participants through the demonstrations, explain the hardware and software behind each experience, answer questions and expand their knowledge and understanding of XR and its potential applications across various industries.

What:   Sandia XR Demo 
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Aug. 4, 2023
Explora Science Center, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW 
Kim Quintana at or 505-537-3294 (contact for preview interviews or to confirm attendance)

Learn more about Sandia’s XR software.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California.

Sandia news media contact:  Kim Vallez Quintana,, 505-537-3294