Antycip Simulation has produced many VR CAVEs for many customers, but what is a VR CAVE and how does it work?
What is a VR CAVE?
A VR CAVE is a virtual reality space; essentially an empty room in the shape of a cube in which each of the surfaces - the walls, floor and ceiling - may be used as projection screens to create a highly immersive virtual environment. 3D CAVE users typically wear a VR headset and they interact with visual stimulus via wands, data gloves, joysticks, or other input devices.
The word CAVE itself is an acronym that stands for Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.
How does a VR CAVE work?
Wearing a headset which enables users to see 3D graphics and images, anyone using the CAVE is able to see objects that appear to be floating, suspended in the air. You can walk all the way around these objects, study them closely and get a full view and a proper understanding of exactly how they would look in reality. When the technology was first developed at the University of Illinois in the early ’90s, this was made possible by the use of electromagnetic sensors. Since then, CAVE visualisation technology has developed and now uses infrared cameras.
The projection systems used require extremely high-resolution and very small pixel size in order to maintain the illusion of reality.
User’s movements are tracked by sensors that are typically contained within the VR headsets and the video with which they are interacting adjusts continuously to adapt to the individual user’s perspective.
What are the uses and applications for a VR CAVE?
CAVE technology is already being used for research and review in an astonishingly diverse range of disciplines, including:
Added to which, they are employed increasingly in many universities to aid research and teaching.
Why are VR CAVEs so important?
As VR CAVE technology becomes more affordable and widespread, the commercial and humanitarian implications are wide-reaching and incredibly exciting.
As well as the fact that CAVE simulations and CAVE VR systems are already saving lives by their use in medicine, monitoring and pre-empting diseases, for example, or planning complex operations, they also offer businesses a commercial advantage by saving huge sums of money in research and design.
The most exciting aspect of CAVE technology is that the applications are literally - not virtually, but literally - infinite.