2022.01.03 Our new CAVE-type display, an ActiveCube by Virtalis, is now fully installed and working in the Appenzeller Visualization Laboratory


Immersive Visualization and Animation Theater

Immersive Visualization and Animation Theater

The Immersive Visualization and Animation Theater is now opening in its new location in Russ 154A. It is equipped with ten 49-inch 4K displays and high-end graphics workstations. All systems utilize active stereo-glasses to facilitate full 3D immersion. Various gaming input devices allow for highly intuitive interaction with the software. In addition, a stereo capable 65-inch 4K display is available as well as 12 15-inch laptop computers with high-end graphics capabilities.

All computers available in this teaching laboratory use dual-boot setups that enable them to boot into Windows 7 and Linux Mageia 2015.

In Linux, the Vrui environment is available that can utilize the optical tracking systems and Kinect sensors for head tracking within a immersive virtual environment. The 3D TVs are activated automatically. If desired the content can be displayed directly on the local monitor instead when passing the command line option -rootSection Stereo to the Vrui environment. More information about Vrui is available.

Additional display systems available in the teaching lab are the HTC Vive Eye fully set up with its lighthouse sensor system. In addition, HP mixed reality devices using inside-out tracking can be used. Magic Leap devices provide access to augmented reality capabilities. To develop software for these devices, typically the Unity game engine is used and additional support support is available for the Magic Leap One. The HTC Vive can also be used with VRUI.