CAVE2: Not a Star Trek Holodeck Yet, but Getting Closer

This needs testing in the AEC environment


If you’ve ever wondered how in Star Trek humans managed to turn grid-lined rooms into striking replicas of Irish villages and Wild West facades replete with swaying trees and creaky leather saddles, well, don’t think too hard about it. These far-fetched (if diverting) starship chambers used fanciful teleporter tech to beam custom-tailored matter in on the fly and employed forcefields to give photon-sculpted objects illusory substance…pretty much impossible when you hold that formula up against actual physics.

Still, the idea behind holography-based virtual reality remains enticing — even without the teleportation and instantaneous matter replication fantasy, a giant wraparound room stacked with 3D panels would be significantly awesome in its own right, no?

Sort of like CAVE2, then — the “AVE” stands for “automatic virtual environment” — a “hybrid reality” system designed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago that spreads a bunch of stereoscopic 3D…

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About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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One Response to CAVE2: Not a Star Trek Holodeck Yet, but Getting Closer

  1. dave says:

    Imagine if it were possible to watch streamed, visual light stereoscopic imagery from Voyager as it leaves the system, or Cassini or one of the other probes as they conduct close fly pasts of moons and the outer planets. This will be the way for us to experience a Mars landing as it happens – vast resolution, 3D, and total immersion.

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