1999 to present (ongoing)
The VisionDome is an immersive, multi-user, single projection Virtual Reality environment. By combining computer generated 3-D models with advanced projection equipment, the VisionDome users are immersed in a 360 degree by 180 degree virtual environment. It allows designers and clients to interact in real-time with the proposed design. The spaces of a building or lanscape plan are visualized in a photo-realistic way. This immersive experience is critical to the visualization and evaluation of design solutions. Additionally the VisionDome is ideal for multi-user, multi-sensory display of environmental simulations, training, design, engineering, product display, energy exploration & production, education, medical services and entertainment.
The DRL has plans to use the VisionDome for research initiatives and projects in the fields of:
Current VisionDome Projects
How the VisionDome Works
Three-dimensional immersive environments (3D Models) are developed in modeling application such as AutoCad, 3D Studio Max, or Alias Wavefront. Models are exported in VRML or Inventor format. These interactive files types can be displayed over the web by using a VRML plug-in with your browser. The VisionDome uses advanced optics to display these files in the 180 degree immersive dome screen. The VisionDome uses a unique distortion correction OpenGL library, designed to work with viewer application that are OpenGL compliant.
The VisionDome Experience
Users of the VisionDome are not required to wear goggles, glasses, helmets, or other restrictive devices. Upon entering the VisionDome, user views are into its hemispherical structure, which forms a fully immersive 180-degree hemispheric screen. Users see vivid images which take on depth and reality inside the VisionDome. The VisionDome creates a virtual reality-based environment that enhances the professional worker's quality and productivity.
Elumens Corporation (formerly ARC)
The VRML Repository