For Immediate Release
VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT USING JVC GD-463D10U MONITORS
NJ (November 19, 2009) – JVC
Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., announced today that the
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
is using JVC GD-463D10U 46-inch 3D HD LCD monitors as part of its next immersive
visualization system. Short
for new micropolarized panel-based cave automatic virtual environment, NexCAVE was
prototyped in June at the
Early projector-based VR systems were generally limited by two major factors. Resolution was fair at best, due to limitations in computer processing power and projector technology. Plus, these systems required a very large dedicated space – front projectors were not practical because users could block the projected images, so rear projectors, which need sufficient throw distance, were needed.
StarCAVE, a five-wall plus floor VR room that supports 3D imagery, was constructed by the UC San Diego division of Calit2 last year. With 34 JVC DLA-HD2KU projectors, the third-generation system improved resolution and provided a 360-degree immersive environment. However, DeFanti said it still requires a major architectural space commitment and is not portable.
In contrast, the new NexCAVE design uses JVC 3D monitors, which are less than two inches deep. The basic setup includes 10 panels, a 3x3 matrix in a semi-circle ring. The entire top row is tilted down slightly and the bottom row is tilted up slightly. An additional monitor below the center column is angled up and positioned at about knee height.
NexCAVE was designed and developed by DeFanti, virtual reality design engineer Greg Dawe, project scientist Jürgen Schulze, and visualization specialist Andrew Prudhomme. In August, UC San Diego installed a 21-panel, 3x7 NexCAVE at KAUST. The system was developed as a result of a special four-year partnership established between UC San Diego and KAUST last year to collaborate on visualization research.
With its modular design, the system can be dismantled and packed for easy transport between venues, plus it can be designed in various configurations. The LCD panel-based system is also a fraction of the cost to construct when compared to projector-based systems. With no projectors, the NexCAVE system also practically eliminates time-consuming color balance and alignment adjustments that are required in older systems every time a projector lamp needs to be replaced.
Beyond lower costs and fewer technical issues, the JVC monitors provide excellent images. “The quality is just gorgeous,” said DeFanti. “The stereo separations are quite good. It has great blacks and very vibrant colors. Since these HDTVs are very bright, 3D data in motion can be viewed in a very bright environment, even with the lights on in the room. Lights-on is something that just wasn't possible with the StarCAVE."
The GD-463D10U provides flicker-free 3D HD images using its integrated Xpol polarizing filter. As a result, it uses inexpensive polarized (passive) glasses, which DeFanti prefers to more expensive, shutter-based 3D systems. “We’re really pleased,” he added. “Good tracking and good imagery – it’s a knockout.”
powered by COVISE software, which was developed at the
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine established in 2000 with facilities on both campuses that house nearly 1,000 researchers. They are organized around more than 50 interdisciplinary research projects on the future of telecommunications and information technology and how these technologies will transform a range of applications important to the economy and citizens' quality of life. www.calit2.net.
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