Christie has designed and built one of the world’s largest HD virtual reality CAVE systems for The U.S. Joint Forces Command, delivering blended images on five integrated screens using 16 Christie projectors supplying 32 megapixels of resolution.
Inside a Christie CAVE USJFCOM is using the CAVE (Cave Automatic Visual Environment) to investigate and report on the joint intelligence products and capabilities of U.S. forces worldwide. The five-sided system, with 750 square feet (69.7 square meters) of projection surface in a Christie-engineered superstructure, will also demonstrate the value of immersive technology and act as a showcase for a wide range of military applications.
“Joint Transformation Command–Intelligence (JTC-I), a subordinate command of USJFCOM, is dedicated to seeking technology that enables our diverse global military personnel to operate at peak efficiency,” said Lt Colonel William Robinson, director of Intelligence Experimentation. “The sophisticated virtual reality environment is a marvel of visual technology that will better enable us to converge and integrate our intelligence capabilities, improve joint war engagements, and provide a measurable return on our investment.”
The superstructure consists of two side walls measuring 10 by 10 feet, plus front and back walls and a walk-on floor each measuring more than 18 by 10 feet.
The entrance consists of an electro-pneumatic horizontally sliding back door, one of the largest of its kind to be fully automated. It opens and closes at the touch of a button, effortlessly sliding the door out and along the entire 18.5-foot length of the CAVE.
An AMX control system handles the push button door operation and control, projectors, switching and audio control. The 16 Christie Mirage HD6 stereoscopic DLP projectors feature Christie Twist image-warping and edge-blending software for consistent performance at peak operation. The fiber-optic switching system uses 144x144 DVI inputs and outputs, allowing USJFCOM to securely display sensitive data sets.
The CAVE has a footprint of 48 by 22 feet and is supported by the superstructure, which is freestanding and independent from the building itself. This design simplifies facility integration and stabilizes the system during normal building movement.
As the primary display system integrator, Christie provided a turnkey solution that included display system design engineering, project management, implementation of all audio-visual controls and automations, fabrication, shipping, installation, hardware integration and training on all Christie-supplied equipment.
Christie was employed to satisfy the requirements put forth by the system architect, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (PSUARL), for delivery to JFCOM in Suffolk, Va.
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