December 07, 2007
Dome and PowerWall displays support real-time stereo imaging of scientific, engineering images for academic and industry researchers
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, Dec. 3 -- Mechdyne Corporation today announced that its has installed a custom 4.6-m (15-ft) dome and a 4.6-m (15-ft) wide Fakespace PowerWall immersive display system at See3D, the state-of-the-art computer visualisation centre at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA). The facility, which officially opened in October on the Penglais campus of UWA, makes a world-class virtual reality environment available to academic and commercial researchers throughout the region.
The new See3D Centre (http://www.see3d.co.uk/) has already performed breakthrough work in immersive display, including viewing stereo imagery of the sun using data from the NASA STEREO (Solar TErrestrial REelations Observatory) mission, which was shown for the first time in April 2007 on the PowerWall. Other work at See3D includes development of visualization techniques for evaluating wind farm locations, as well as urban planning and historical preservation simulations.
"Immersive display technology is a powerful tool for our academic and commercial partners," said David Neill, program director of the See3D facility. "Working with Mechdyne, we were able to have the PowerWall in place at a temporary location earlier this year, and then move the display and upgrade its capabilities as part of the permanent installation with the Dome at the new centre."
Mechdyne designed the 4.6-m radius dome to seat up to ten people. The two monoscopic projectors in the dome, each with 1400 x 1050 resolution, are blended to fill the screen with a total continuous resolution of over 2.5 million pixels. The stereoscopic Powerwall utilizes two projectors, also with resolutions of 1400 x 1050. Projectors in the Dome and the PowerWall are seamlessly blended using Mechdyne's proprietary optical blending system that eliminates the need to electronically set up and constantly adjust blended projectors.
Computing resources tied to the visualization systems at See3D include an SGI Prism Graphics Engine (configured with 28 processors, 56 GB of RAM, 12 graphics outputs and four image compositors), a 24-processor SUN V40z high-performance computing cluster, and a three TeraByte (3 TB) RAID storage system.
About Mechdyne Corporation
Mechdyne Corporation is the world's largest company dedicated to consulting and development of immersive, networked and collaborative visualization systems. The company addresses complex projects where an in-depth understanding of user requirements leads to the development of products and customized solutions involving elements of visual, software and support systems. Mechdyne's subsidiary Fakespace Systems Inc. provides advanced display technology and implementation services. Subsidiary VRCO, Inc. specializes in immersive and interactive software development and support. Headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, Mechdyne's customers include leading government laboratories, military research programs, energy companies and a variety of 'edutainment,' manufacturing, and other users of visualization technology. More information is available at www.mechdyne.com, www.fakespace.com and www.vrco.com.
Source: Mechdyne Corporation
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