UK’s ‘first multi-view stereoscopic VR cave’ installed at uni

ST Engineering Antycip has supplied Oxford Brookes University with what it claims is the “first multi-view stereoscopic VR CAVE system” in service in the UK.

The university’s mandate to its long-time partner was to enhance its advanced, industry-standard research and teaching facilities in engineering and computer science.

The virtual environment comprises two operating modes: “single mode”, in which only the vision of the main user is tracked and dynamically corrected in his eyes; and “multi-view mode”, which allows two people to be tracked and each see a different perspective-corrected image when wearing the corresponding 3D glasses.

John Mould, Business Development Manager at ST Engineering Antycip, said: “We believe this is the first multi-view stereoscopic VR CAVE system currently in service in the UK. One of our biggest challenges for the CAVE was installing the highest quality rear projection screen substrates, which we sourced from Barco – their vertically mounted UDM laser projectors, each fitted with optical unique bent lens, makes the footprint of this CAVE very compact, to further aid its ability to be installed in a tight space. Combined with an array of high-powered PC image generators each featuring an NVIDIA Quadro RTX A6000 graphics card, the CAVE is capable of delivering high-resolution visuals at 2560×1600 pixels per side, delivering 3840×2400 pixels at 120Hz .

Vicon tracking cameras and two wireless navigation devices support dual perspectives tracked simultaneously, making this CAVE a step up from the restrictions of the past, where only one person could benefit from their corrected sight. Users can visually intercept their solid or fluid dynamic models through Techviz, which is also capable of delivering any Unity-based visual datasets the university may wish to explore. The software base allows examination of the university’s research on vertical wind turbines deployed as marine farms by combining multiple visual applications displayed simultaneously using the Techviz Fusion module, which can allow CFD data to be overlaid with data Relevant CAD, for example. “This technology is advancing every year – high-quality CAVEs of this nature are becoming more desirable and more capable than ever,” adds Mr. Mold. Gordana Collier, director of the university’s School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, says CAVE’s capabilities have sparked interest among arts, architecture and health students. “The CAVE is a terrific blank canvas, allowing creativity and flexibility for a wide range of users, with opportunities for many disciplines, unlike other more personalized platforms,” she adds.

“The quality is superb and we are excited to have ways to implement new learning and improve our research. Our vision is to have an open access approach and to share and exchange models and libraries with universities around the world.

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