“Don’t Fall!” CAVE-based 3D Immersion technology by EON Reality

Amazing 3D immersion technology from IDEO Labs on Vimeo.

Three white walls and a floor, all about 10′ x 10′ in size. Onto each surface is projected a high-resolution, stereoscopic image. A viewer stands in the room wearing polarized 3D glasses — like you might use in a 3D movie — with small markers that stick out a bit from the frames.

The markers are illuminated by IR LED floodlights located on the perimeter of the room, and IR-sensitive cameras use those positions to determine the precise location of each eye within the room. From those positions, stereo images for each projector are calculated and rendered on the fly, and the result is absolutely amazing.

On the plus side, amazing detail, lack of heavy and complicated headgear which allows the viewer to walk around freely. On the minus side, a system which is still based on markers and an incredibly expensive set up of half a million dollars to pull it off.

Is it possible to do “something similar for pennies on the dollar“?

From panoramic paintings to dioramas to georamas, Imax cinema and virtual reality, building the world around the beholder has always proven to be as fascinating and immersive as not flexible, prohibitively expensive and not easily replicable.

So, I’d say not until we keep trying immersing people by way of rebuilding the world around them rather then having the user rebuilding it into his mind.

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