Los Alamos buys Fakespace immersive display system

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., needed a virtual reality-type display system to help them with a variety of graphics and visualization experiments. The Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment — otherwise known as RAVE — from Fakespace Systems Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, met their needs.

Feb 1st, 2000

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., needed a virtual reality-type display system to help them with a variety of graphics and visualization experiments. The Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment — otherwise known as RAVE — from Fakespace Systems Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, met their needs.

RAVE is a large reconfigurable immersive display for collaborative work with virtual prototypes and other complex graphical data. It can support several viewing modes such as immersive room environments and flat wall displays.

"The RAVE will provide us with the flexibility to work in a variety of immersive environments," says Robert Gurule, team leader for graphics and visualization at Los Alamos. "This is the second large-scale project for the laboratory where Fakespace has shown that it can meet our unique requirements."

RAVE has self-contained modules that systems designers can use as independent stereoscopic project display systems, or in a variety of groupings. Each module has a 10-by-9.5-foot rear-projected screen at one end of a 12-foot-deep structure containing one or more projectors. Each module rolls on air casters and can raise one inch off the ground for easily moving from one place to another.

Designers can configure a three-module system, including one enhanced module with floor projection, to create an immersive room environment with images on three walls and on the floor, or a 10-by-30-foot flat wall display. — J.K.

For more information, contact Fakespace by phone at 519-749-3339, by fax at 519-749-3151, by post at 809 Wellington St. North, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4J6, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.fakespace.com/.

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