Fixed installations require detailed planning to deliver the optimum experience in sometimes challenging spaces. The image above shows the installation of the multi-screen system we designed for the New Walk Dinosaur Gallery in Leicester.
The system comprises of a desktop pc system with an accelerated graphics card supporting four views all rendered to different screens. Two are used for the projected views into the immersive scene one mounted vertically on the wall and one on the ceiling delivering views of the creatures as they swim through the scene and overhead.
The third screen displays educational information about the creatures and habitat they are immersed in. The software randomly presents seven different Jurassic creatures which move through the environment as they would have in real-life. The fourth screen is a 3D orbiting view which allows the user to zoom in and out and rotate all around to get a closer detailed look at the creature.
RAF Brize Norton - Multi-User VR Parachute Training System. Maelstrom were responsible for the design of the prototype unit including the unique suspended gimbal frame, this was controlled by the users toggles through the use of pulleys to create the correct tensions when steering their virtual parachute.
Other unique features include hand and finger sensors which were used to detect hand positions and also gestures like grasp and release. During their descent users are be expected to carry out certain procedures with their hands, for e.g. grasping or releasing their toggles and grabbing their release handle for their PEL or even during freefall to let out their drogue or pilot chute.
Each system has a tracked VR headset which shows the 360 degree virtual dropzone and as the user moves their head around the images are updated accordingly at over 60 times a second giving a smooth judder free view.
The SEPT system is designed to assist students at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE)RAF Cosford in the practices of marshalling aircraft. It delivers an unrivalled simulated training experience, it does this not only through its realistic visual qualities but also through the use of state of the art hardware.
The system utilises a 3m high 150 degree FOV wrap around screen, the student stands in the centre and is completely immersed. The visuals are delivered to the screen by way of 3 high resolution overhead projectors. Each projected image is geometry corrected and edge blended so the result is a seamless image mapped perfectly to the screen.
The Instructor Control Facility (ICF) was ergonomically designed around the operators duties during a typical training day. The system also includes cctv footage recorded live and displayed on the ICF during each students training experience, this data can be saved and recalled for review purposes.