MACE Virtual Labs Teams Up With IOPEX LLC, Touro University

MACE Virtual Labs Teams Up With IOPEX LLC, Touro University

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HOUSTON, Nov. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expert VR and AR solutions provider MACE Virtual Labs recently announced its partnership with startup IOPEX LLC, Touro University California and metaverse builder Shiny Box Interactive. This powerful partnership creates an integrated hardware and software platform, Full-Dive VR Units (FDVU), enabling organizations to create fully immersive, large-scale, distributed VR experiences to run experiments and simulations.

MACE provides the integrated hardware platform, bringing together haptics, omnidirectional treadmills and retina-scale visuals from leading MACE product partners such as HaptX, Teslasuit, Varjo, Ultraleap and Virtuix. Shiny Box Interactive has created an attractive cloud-based metaverse operating environment that leverages the capabilities of the integrated hardware platform, cloud computing, and analytics. IOPEX and Touro University CA bring decades of experience building experimentation and simulation programs for civilian and military first responders. This new partnership will provide a complete turnkey solution to the fully immersive VR hardware and virtual environments needed to support large-scale distributed experimentation and simulation.

“This is a very exciting partnership for the industry as a whole,” said James Dear, Founder and President of IOPEX LLC. “MACE is an incredibly forward-thinking company with key product partnerships, and our IOPEX customers will greatly benefit from their ability to develop and deliver integrated VR solutions for multiple scenarios.”

“This revolutionary simulation training and assessment platform will fundamentally change the way civilian and military medical providers approach disaster medicine, team training and medical education for the future,” said said Dr. Nevins, project manager from Touro University, who brings 25 years of experience. in medical education and simulation, as well as 22 years of service in the military. “We have an incredible collaborative team, and we are fortunate to have MACE leading the technical effort.”

“We are extremely excited to bring together this group of capabilities that will fill a gap in the virtual reality industry, bringing Ready Player One’s vision closer to reality,” said Edgar Acosta, Managing Partner at MACE.

“As a studio, we are constantly seeking new challenges in emerging technologies, and this partnership with IOPEX LLC, Touro University CA, and MACE provides just that. The ability to deliver an immersive connected experience using some of the latest hardware from our industry is exciting, and we couldn’t ask for better partners,” said Todd Daniel, Managing Partner, Shiny Box Interactive.

Acosta expressed how seamless this partnership with this group has been so far, as they are so closely aligned in their approach. He looks forward to what they will accomplish together in the future.

This collaboration will demonstrate its first proof of concept in November 2022 through a series of technical and operational tests on the Houston Community College campus. To learn more, visit

About Shiny Box Interactive

Shiny Box Interactive creates industry-leading XR (AR, VR, and Mixed Reality) solutions, leveraging over a decade of AAA game development experience. Partnering with industry-leading companies to create Immersive XR training platforms has placed his team at the forefront of enterprise technology adoption and integration. To see some of the company’s work and learn more, visit


IOPEX LLC produces and manages Immersive Operational Experiences (IOPEX)™. IOPEX create an environment for customers and operators to experience and resolve crises in an alternative virtual reality… to anticipate and prevent or limit their occurrence in the real world. IOPEX LLC will use the Azure cloud to perform distributed IOPEX while using FDVUs to enhance attendee experience. Visit for more information.

About University of Touro California

About the Touro University and College System: Touro University California is an independent, nonprofit Jewish institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge, and service to humanity. The University, which has 1,400 students, offers professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff, and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, interprofessional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.

About MACE Virtual Labs

MACE Virtual Labs is a team of virtual reality and augmented reality experts who curate the breadth and depth of immersive technology to deliver turnkey business solutions to clients in education, government, research , medicine and entertainment. MACE sells individual products and complete solutions. It’s the one-stop-shop for commercial VR and AR solutions, from trial programs to scalable enterprise solutions. To learn more about MACE, visit

Contact information:
Edgar Acosta
Managing Partner

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