Mechdyne announced that it has licensed the CAVE2 hybrid reality environment developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at University of Illinois at Chicago. The licensing agreement was signed in January; Mechdyne licensed the EVL-designed original CAVE technology in 1994.
The CAVE2 system provides a 320-degree, panoramic 2D/3D environment that supports information-rich analysis with immersive visuals. "Although the CAVE2 advanced virtual reality technology is a next generation system, many of the legacy CAVE applications can be integrated into the CAVE2 system," said Kurt Hoffmeister, vice president of engineering and product development for Mechdyne.
"With Mechdyne as an integrator of the CAVE2 design, we can point our collaborators who are interested in incorporating the CAVE2 technology to Mechdyne," said Jason Leigh, director of the EVL. "This enables our colleagues to receive a top-notch product with full technical support from Mechdyne."
CAVE2 uses 3D-capable LCD flat panel screens rather than rear projection, which enables more efficient use of facility space. It also accommodates off-axis vertical viewing angles, eliminating any 3D ghosting at the top or bottom of the large viewing area, the company says.
For more information, visit Mechdyne and the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.