RAVE CAVE Demonstrates VR
RAVE CAVE demos VR
It’s deceptive from the outside: a rectangle a few feet across with plain white walls and no ceiling. But the RAVE CAVE is an amazing, high-end demonstration module for immersive virtual reality technologies. These technologies, developed by the company by the same name in suburban Detroit, can be used commercially, by the military, for research, and for education.
The user in the RAVE CAVE is treated to a stunning demonstration of immersion in an environment, made possible by 3D glasses, face-tracking tech, and a suite of projectors.
RAVE CAVE stands for Reconfigurable Center for Automated Virtual Environments, and causes the user to feel inside of the environment in question. Put him in a city scape, and he’ll see the buildings looming overhead and cars and people rushing by left and right.
How it works: the glasses the person is wearing are synched with the screen. This means that when he looks left or right, the image rotates accordingly, creating the feel of a life-like environment surrounding the user on all sides.
The 3D goggles shutter on and off, eye by eye, in synchronicity with the projected image. By doing so quickly enough, they preserve the 3D illusion. The Cave is there to demonstrate the functioning of the glasses, which are meant to be put into place by users as applicable.
All sorts of simulations could be run with such technology. A surgeon could simulate a 3D look at an artery, as though being a tiny organism traveling inside it. In manufacturing or engineering, one could run a product through its paces with as close a view as possible.
The software running the Rave Cave includes intel, Autodesk, Mechdyne, and OPTIS.
Rave Computers is a non-profit organization trying to further research into virtual reality.