The CAVE2™ system is a next-generation, large-scale, virtual environment--a room in which images are seamlessly displayed so as to immerse an observer in a cyber world of 3-D data. Here, as a demonstration of cultural heritage, Arthur Nishimoto, a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and computer science graduate student, displays Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III located on the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt, in the CAVE2 system. The 360-degree photographic image was taken by Tom DeFanti ofCalit2 at the University of California, San Diego, on April 30, 2011, with the assistance of Adel Saad and Greg Wickham of King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, using the CAVEcam camera developed by Dick Ainsworth, Dan Sandin, and Tom DeFanti. Images were stitched together by Ainsworth. Calit2's CalVR software was used to display the 3-D model in the CAVE2 system.
This research is supported by a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The award, "MRI-R2: Development of the Next-generation CAVE Virtual Environment (NG-CAVE)" (grant CNS 09-59053), is under the direction of Andrew E. Johnson, Jason Leigh, Maxine D. Brown and Tom Peterka, May 2010 to April 2013.
You can learn more about research in the CAVE2 system in NSF press release 12-228, State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality System Is Key to Medical Discovery. Or visit the EVL website Here. (Date of Image: 2012) [Image 2 of 17 related images. See Image 3.]