Combining Vizrt's Viz Engine real-time rendering system and ARC Science Simulations’ OmniGlobe digital spherical display, the two companies have teamed on a display system to give global features a natural and realistic appearance.
ARC Science Simulations Omniglobe The two companies met recently at a mutual clients’ location and immediately saw the possibilities of combining their technologies. Vizrt uses its Viz Engine to transform map and weather data into images that can be used with the OmniGlobe. Graphics are manipulated using Viz Engine and projected inside the OmniGlobe.
Vizrt displayed A 32-inch version of the OmniGlobe with Vizrt’s graphic data at NAB2010 in April.
“This marks the first time Vizrt products are being used on a globe surface," said Ran Yakir, head of Research & Development for Vizrt Israel. "We’re very excited about the integration of the two technologies. Viz Engine will be a great complement for an OmniGlobe system wherever it is used.”
Maps and weather information can easily be projected on any of ARC Science Simulations’ OmniGlobes. The graphic projection works in both 32-inch single-projector and 60-inch dual high-definition projector systems, and shows well under bright, ambient light conditions.
ARC Science Simulations offers the two sizes of acrylic globes as well as the software to drive the hardware.
“A convex mirror is suspended from the top inside the sphere," said Brad Moorman, director of sales and marketing at ARC Science Simulations. "We project a super-fisheye image up into the sphere that shows the entire Earth from the South Pole. The image is reflected off the mirror so that it displays the globe correctly on the inner surface of the sphere.”
ARC Science Simulations and has sold several different products over the years including a gravity based computer simulation of the solar system called “Dance of the Planets," imagery products based on ARC’s “Face of the Earth” mosaic of the natural earth with and without clouds, and most recently the OmniGlobe spherical display system. ARC was the first to develop an internally contained digital spherical display system and has continued to be innovative in the field by developing an Enhanced Contrast screen, a dual projector system providing twice the resolution, the first 1080p HD spherical display and a 60-inch suspended system. ARC has sold over 50 systems world wide to date with more than half of those sales outside the United States.
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