July 18, 2008: NSF Funds UIC to Build New Virtual Reality Display

July 16, 2008

NSF Funds UIC to Build New Virtual Reality Display

The National Science Foundation recently funded UIC's Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) to build OmegaTable, a modular multi-sensory touch tabletop for interactive 2D and 3D visual data exploration.

This powerful virtual-reality device will enable scientific communities to view, share and interact with large-scale 2D and 3D data at the same time, and will enable computer scientists to study the integration of multi-sensory touch and gestural interaction techniques for seamlessly manipulating both 2D and 3D data.

EVL's first interactive tabletop display prototype, LambdaTable, is a 24-million pixel table-oriented display system built using six LCD displays (tiled in a 2x3 configuration), with each LCD having a resolution twice that of high-definition television. The resolution of OmegaTable will be at least 24 million pixels, and will have the ability to display 2D and autostereoscopic 3D simultaneously.

For years EVL has been at the forefront of real-time, tracked autostereoscopic technology with its Varrier research, in which viewers can see stereoscopic 3D content without having to wear special glasses. By incorporating gestural interaction, the OmegaTable will finally allow users to experience virtual reality without being encumbered with special glasses, hand-held controls, or gloves.

For more information, see: http://www.evl.uic.edu/cavern/lambdatable

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