University of Aachen, Germany
The main objective behind RWTH Aachen University's latest CAVE installation was to interactively visualize data from science and engineering by means of virtual reality methods. Scientists should be enabled to move in the field of operation and virtually explore their data.
The display system, called aixCAVE, is a five-sided immersive virtual reality environment which has recently been installed at the Center for Computing and Communication, RWTH Aachen University. It's construction started in August 2012 and was carried out by the Barco N.V. in collaboration with RWTH's Virtual Reality Group.
While it is one of the largest systems in the world, featuring a rear-projected floor of more than 5 x 5 m², it also raises the standards in terms of projection quality: by a sophisticated combination of high resolution, high brightness, brightness uniformity, specially coated screens, elaborate mechanical construction, active stereo technology and a high quality ART tracking system, a high level of immersion and an illusion of presence are achieved. The aixCAVE will be profitably and extensively used by numerous RWTH institutes and cooperation various partners from academia and industry.