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CAVE2: Next-Generation Virtual-Reality and Visualization Hybrid Environment for Immersive Simulation and Information Analysis

This video trailer shows CAVE2 at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL):

At 24-feet wide and covering almost 320 degrees of view, CAVE2 is the largest and highest resolution LCD-based virtual reality system in the world. 

EVL invented the original CAVE in 1992 ( using cathode ray tube projectors. And it was considered a paradigm shift in virtual reality, moving people away from big heavy VR helmets to light weight LCD shutter glasses. People likened the CAVE to the Holodeck. Objects in the room appear to materialize as if they were real, except of course you can't touch them. Fast forward to today and CAVE2- the next major leap forward for the CAVE. CAVE2 leaves behind dim projectors for bright near-seamless 3D LCD panels, and at the same time giving us almost 10 times the resolution of the original CAVE. 

CAVE2 is built from 72 LCD panels, 36 computers connected to a 100 Gigabit/s optical network, and uses 10 cameras for viewer-centered perspective tracking, and 20 speakers for ambisonic sound. 

The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. CAVE2 will be used in a variety of applications to visualize large scale data in scientific research, engineering design, medicine, education, simulation training, art, and video game design. CAVE2 will also be used to develop new data visualization and user-interaction techniques.

The public will get their first chance to see it during Chicago Ideas Week on October 8, 2012:

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Maxine Brown (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Andrew Johnson (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Jason Leigh (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Lance Long (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Tom Peterka (Argonne National Laboratory) []
JD Pirtle (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Dana Plepys (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Luc Renambot (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Dan Sandin (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Jonas Talandis (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Alan Verlo (University of Illinois at Chicago) []

Jillian Aurisano (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Steven Conner (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Jon Chambers (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Alessandro Febretti (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Vaibhav Govikar (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Paul Grenning (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Brent Grossman (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Thomas Marrinan (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Arthur Nishimoto (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Ryan Nishimoto (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Haroon Papa (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Balaprasath Rajan (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Khairi Reda (University of Illinois at Chicago) []
Terrance Thigpen (Southern Mississippi State University)[]
Liana Harris

Institution(s) (that have supported the research):
National Science Foundation, Department of Energy


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