Christie Cranks Images for Aircraft Simulator

Today's high-stakes training and simulation applications rely more and more on complex computing and sharp optics.
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Today's high-stakes training and simulation applications rely more and more on complex computing and sharp optics.

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Simulator at Carleton University’s Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab), created by Christie Digital Christie is at the center of one installations that's busy designing other simulations for aircraft. Up in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University’s Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab) is using a structure and display custom-designed and installed by Christie for various simulators that are the test bed for human perception studies.

Located in the Centre for Advanced Studies, Visualization, Simulation and Modelling (VSIM), the ACE Lab has a two-fold mission: to determine the fundamental principles of human perception and cognition, and to apply these principles to the development of large-scale training simulators for fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and motor vehicles.

VSIM selected eight Christie Matrix HD4 3-chip DLP® projectors as the visual solution for ACE Lab’s research. Arranged in a 2x4 configuration, each Christie Matrix projector offers a full 1920x1080 resolution, creating a single image of about 9 megapixels using Christie Twist and Christie MotoBlend image warping and optical blending solutions. The Christie team constructed curved pipes that hold the two tiers of projectors and aim them towards a screen.

The structure, about 21-by-16-by-15 feet, accommodates the various sizes of the simulator cockpits and cabins and lets researchers roll simulator cockpits and cabins up to the screen to achieve the correct design eye point of a pilot or driver. And a self-supporting, spherical curved screen measuring 20 feet by 8 feet, is housed within the structure, with a field of view that meets the technical requirement for the design eye point needed in jet fighter cockpits such as the F-18.

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